Israel Folau’s bid for an Australian rugby league comeback has turned ugly after billionaire Clive Palmer engaged lawyers to commence legal action against the Queensland Rugby League.
The latest development from the Folau camp comes as French club Catalans maintained Folau was still a contracted player, despite Palmer claiming otherwise.
The QRL on Wednesday confirmed that Folau would be registered to play for the Southport Tigers in the Gold Coast park footy competition once he received a clearance from his old club Catalans.
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However in response Folau and Palmer, a club patron of Southport who is paying the cross-code star $250,000 to play in an amateur competition chose to commence legal action against the QRL.
Palmer and Folau have engaged Sam Iskander from Alexander Law to claim Folau is being unfairly discriminated against because of his religious beliefs.
Sam Iskander from Alexander Law has received instructions from Folau and Palmer to act for the former Storm and Broncos star against the QRL on the basis of discrimination and denying the opportunity to practice his profession.
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“All Israel Folau wants to do is play football and be treated like any other person,’’ Mr Iskander said.
“His application for registration with the QRL is being dealt with differently to anyone else who has ever sought registration for the Southport Tigers.
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“Mr Folau’s now repudiated contract agreement with Catalans has nothing to do with the QRL.
“The QRL is not a party to it and has no rights under it. Likewise, the QRL has no right to discriminate against a player or seek to disadvantage such a player.”
Originally published asFolau set to sue QRL as rugby league comeback bid turns ugly
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