Israel Folau feels 'vindicated' after Rugby Australia apology

    Israel Folau departs his conciliation meeting with Rugby Australia in June 2019.

    (CNN)Rugby star Israel Folau says he feels "vindicated" following Rugby Australia's apology after he was dismissed for an anti-gay post on social media.

    The former Wallabies star had been suing for A$14 million ($9.5m) after having his contract terminated following his post on Instagram.
    In a joint statement, Folau and Rugby Australia also announced they had reached a settlement, although the exact terms are confidential.
      In a video posted on his website, Folau sad he was "extremely pleased" with the settlement.
      "With today's acknowledgment and apology by Rugby Australia we have been vindicated and can now move on with our lives to focus on our faith and our family," Folau said.
      Folau leaves after a code of conduct hearing in Sydney.

      'Did not intend to hurt or harm'

      Folau, who is a devout Christian, was sacked by Rugby Australia following a homophobic Instagram post, which has not been deleted, in which he said "hell awaits" gay people.
      Wednesday's statement said the 30-year-old "did not intend to hurt or offend" people, and that the post reflected "genuinely held religious beliefs."
      "Mr. Folau wants all Australians to know that he does not condone discrimination of any kind against any person on the grounds of their sexuality and that he shares Rugby Australia's commitment to inclusiveness and diversity."
      Rugby Australia said it di