Israel Folau launches Supreme Court injunction against QRL

Israel Folau has reportedly taken out a Federal Court injunction against the Queensland Rugby League, making good on his threat to sue over his blocked return to rugby league in Australia.

The Queensland Rugby League had yet to register Folau’s contract with Gold Coast A-Grade side the Southport Tigers after his UK Super League club Catalans revealed that Folau was still under contract with the club.

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However, the QRL said it would register the contract if he had been given clearance from Catalans.

Clive Palmer is backing Folau’s move to Southport, but the deal still needs to be ratified by the QRL before Folau can play.

Last week, the mining magnate threatened to issue a Federal Court injunction against the governing body for religious discrimination if it didn’t rubber stamp Folau’s contract.

The Sydney Morning Heraldreported that it had obtained Folau’s application to the Supreme Court with the issue boiling down to a clause in the QRL playing rules.

The clause states: “Any player who played in an overseas competition which is not controlled by the ARLC in the preceding Football Year shall not be registered without first obtaining a written clearance through the ARLC.”

Folau’s team is arguing that the rule “is void as being an unreasonable restraint of trade”.

Israel Folau wants back in rugby league.Source:News Corp Australia

In a media release, Alexander Law’s Sam Iskander said “Israel Folau is a perfect role model for the game and the QRL needs to recognise that”.

“Israel doesn’t drink, smoke or take drugs. He has never been charged with any criminal offence. He loves his wife and his son. He has a rugby playing record second to none,” the statement read.

“Israel, like any other Australian, has the right to support his family. All Israel wants is the opportunity to return to the game he loves, to play alongside his brothers and to do the best he can for his wife and family.”

The case won’t be heard before the weekend but it seems the Southport Tigers need all the help they can get.

Last weekend, with Folau in the stands, the side were demolished 88-0 against the Burleigh Bears.

Folau’s contract with Rugby Australia was torn up in 2019 for homophobic posts made on social media, and it was earlier reported the QRL wants a written guarantee from the 32-year-old he will not publicly express his views on homosexuality — which include the belief gay people will go to hell unless they repent for their sins.

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