(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 d