Chris Chester barred from commenting on Israel Folau by Super League

Wakefield coach Chris Chester says he is under strict orders by Super League not to speak about Catalans’ controversial signing of Israel Folau.

Folau could potentially make his debut for the Dragons when they travel to Wakefield on Sunday.

Catalans announcement the signing of Folau on a one-year deal last week after he was sacked by Rugby Australia for posting homophobic comments on social media.

He said: “I’ve been strictly told by the people above and by Super League not to make any comment on anything to do with the gentleman from Catalans and I won’t be making any comment on it.

“My hands are tied at this moment in time. Whether that changes over the coming weeks, I don’t know but I’m under strict guidelines here from my chairman and my CEO and also from Super League.

“Super League has come out with a statement, I think our club chairman has come out with a statement and I fully support those two statements.”


Huddersfield cancelled their scheduled weekly pre-match press conference on the advice of Super League ahead of their visit to the Catalans a week ago and Chester was told not to answer questions from the media on the subject at Thursday’s press conference.

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1 Comment

  1. Who is going to stand up to this liberal fascism that permeates our society. As far as I am aware he has only expressed his views based on deeply held Christian belief. Is he to be condemned for what he thinks? Is he to be outcast because of this?

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