Israel Folau: Qantas boss Alan Joyce rejects claims airline liable for Folau sacking

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Israel Folau's anti-gay social media posts provoked widespread condemnation and resulted in his sacking by Rugby Australia.

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Israel Folau’s anti-gay social media posts provoked widespread condemnation and resulted in his sacking by Rugby Australia.

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Qantas CEO Alan Joyce has dismissed “outrageous” claims that Qantas was liable for the sacking of Israel Folau by Rugby Australia, however he supported the governing physique’s plan of action.

Talking on the launch of the airline’s Frequent Flyer revamp, Joyce mentioned the corporate did not spend thousands and thousands in sponsorships to be positioned in controversial positions.

“We sponsor organisations and sports activities groups to get a constructive profit out of it. When it turns into controversial, we, after all, need the sporting code to repair these points,” he mentioned.

“Israel’s feedback have been horrible for a big aspect of the group, a weak aspect of the group. We felt that was inflicting controversy for our sponsorship and as a consequence, we requested Rugby Australia ‘what are you doing to verify we’re not concerned in controversy?'”

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Folau’s anti-gay feedback garnered widespread criticism, and after being warned prior to now for his social media posts, he was sacked by the governing physique in Could.

Earlier this month, New South Wales’ One Nation chief Mark Latham mentioned  that “there is not any doubt Israel Folau was sacked by Qantas”.

 Qantas CEO Alan Joyce says claims Qantas was responsible for the sacking of Israel Folau are "outrageous".

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Qantas CEO Alan Joyce says claims Qantas was liable for the sacking of Israel Folau are “outrageous”.

A former Federal Opposition chief, Latham made his declaration underneath NSW parliamentary privilege, which provides him authorized safety.

Joyce mentioned the Folau difficulty was in Rugby Australia’s courtroom. “It’s their difficulty to resolve, they’ve put an answer in place, they’re working by means of that and we’re very supportive of what they’re doing,” he mentioned.

“The identical was true of Cricket Australia with the ball-tampering, we mentioned ‘that was not good’. Some sponsors pulled out, we did not. We gave them time to repair it, they usually fastened it.

“We’re nonetheless a sponsor and proceed to be a sponsor as a result of they did the fitting factor.”

The notoriety of the ball-tampering scandal was so nice that after finishing the primary Perth to London continuous flight final yr, the second query put to Joyce within the press convention was concerning the actions of Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft.

Joyce noticed the humorous facet when requested if Qantas’ new unique membership for high Frequent Flyers can be open to shock jock and former Wallabies coach Alan Jones, who asserted that the explanation that Folau had been sacked was {that a} sponsor had intervened.

“We do not discriminate in opposition to anyone – different folks might, however we do not,” he laughed.

“Even Alan Jones is welcome to get Lifetime Platinum Standing if he will get there.”



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