(CNN)Australian rugby player Israel Folau is set to have his contract terminated following "unacceptable" homophobic and transphobic comments posted on social media.
Australian rugby star Israel Folau set to get dumped over homophobic social media posts
The New South Wales Waratahs player shared an image on Instagram Wednesday, warning drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, and idolaters that "hell awaits you."
"Jesus Christ loves you and is giving you time to turn away from your sin and come to him," the 30-year-old Wallabies player, who also plays for Australia's national team, captioned the image.
Rugby Australia, the sport's national governing body, said Thursday that it was their intention to terminate his contract.
"Whilst Israel is entitled to his religious beliefs, the way in which he has expressed these beliefs is inconsistent with the values of the sport," Rugby Australia's chief executive Raelene Castle and New South Wales Union chief executive Andrew Hore said in a statement.
"We want to make it clear that he does not speak for the game with his recent social media posts."
They said they had made repeated attempts to contact Folau and his representatives following the posts, but he had failed to communicate directly with either organization. Earlier, Rugby Australia had released a statement calling the content of the post "unacceptable."
"As a code we have made it clear to Israel formally and repeatedly that any social media posts or commentary that is in any way disrespectful to people because of their sexuality will result in disciplinary action," Castle and Hore said.
"We want everyone to feel safe and welcome in our game and no vilification based on race, gender, religion or sexuality is acceptable and no language that isolates, divides or insults people based on any of those factors can be tolerated."
Folau, who broke the all-time record for Super Rugby tries earlier this month, also tweeted a screenshot of the news that Tasmania Wednesday became the first Australian jurisdiction to make gender optional on birth certificates.
"The devil has blinded so many people in this world, repent and turn away from your evil ways," he captioned the screenshot.
Both the tweet and the post are still online. CNN has reached out to both Rugby Australia and Folau for comment.
On Friday, England rugby player Billy Vunipola published an Instagram message in support of Folau.
Folau's comments have attracted criticism online, including in neighboring New Zealand where rugby is a hugely popular support. Folau's wife, Maria Folau, is a netball player on New Zealand's national team, the Silver Ferns.
New Zealand Prime Minister Ardern told media Thursday she didn't agree with Folau's comments.
"I'm very mindful of the fact that he's a role model, he's a person in a position of influence, and I think that with that comes responsibility," she said. "This is our rainbow community, there's a lot of vulnerable people there."
Qantas, a major sponsor of the Wallabies, has also condemned Folau's post. "These comments are really disappointing and clearly don't reflect the spirit of inclusion and diversity that we support," a Qantas spokesman sa