Catalans chairman Bernard Guasch absent from Super League meeting

Catalans chairman Bernard Guasch was absent at a meeting of Super League clubs in Salford, where the big discussion was his signing of Israel Folau.

Other Super League clubs specifically requested the presence of Guasch after he ignored the will of both Super League and the Rugby Football League in signing Folau, who was sacked by Rugby Australia last May for homophobic social media posts.

The decision caused uproar with most of the competition’s clubs and Hull KR chairman Neil Hudgell actually wrote a letter to the Dragons, warning them of possible legal consequences if the Robins lost out financially due to the presence of Folau.

Guasch was expected to attend the meeting at Salford’s AJ Bell Stadium but he had not arrived when the meeting got underway at 10am.

Folau arrived in Perpignan from Sydney at the weekend and has begun training with his new team-mates ahead of their match at Wakefield on Sunday.

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