Super League accepts Folau registration with Catalans

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"The Super League Board accepts the legalities around the RFL's decision to register Israel Folau, and the Board has voted unanimously to put in place measures that ensure the Super League has greater authority to stop controversial signings such as this in the future", the league statement added.

Israel Folau signed for Catalans Dragons last week but there has been plenty of backlash in the UK.

The clubs held crisis talks over the signing of Folau, 30, at a Super League board meeting on Wednesday.

The issue of Folau, who was sacked by Rugby Australia for posting homophobic comments on social media but handed a 12-month contract by the French outfit, dominated the business at a routine meeting of clubs at Stadium Way in Salford.

Numerous other Super League clubs are said to support Hudgell's actions, with some believed to be angry at not having been sufficiently consulted over the Australian's signing and are preparing to air their concerns with Catalans chairman Bernard Guasch at today's Super League board meeting in Salford.

The report also outlines that clubs are unhappy because they were not consulted about Folau's signing and it said, according to a club source, that "nearly all" Super League clubs have endorsed Hugdell's legal threat.

Super League will take action should Folau repeat such comments.

"The culture's wonderful and we're looking forward to, as the year goes on, getting to learn to speak the language and also embrace the people here".

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Carter says his club is paying for extra stewarding at Sunday's match where Folau could make his debut against the Trinity. In earlier statements, both the RFL and Super League said they "deplored" Folau's previous comments, adding it was "a hard decision" to allow him into the competition.

The RFL said: "We don't believe that, under our current regulatory framework, [Folau's comments] can prevent his participation in the sport".

Halifax prop Keegan Hirst, Britain's first openly gay rugby league player, said the decision is "disappointing and frustrating".

Wigan has declared their home game against the Catalans in March a "Pride Day" in response.

Folau's signing comes after the National Rugby League ruled out his return to Australia's top-flight competition.

Folau sought compensation and a confidential agreement was reached in December, with both parties issuing corresponding apologies after an end to their legal dispute.

The former Wallaby, Melbourne Storm and Brisbane Broncos player has moved to Catalan Dragons in the south of France with his wife Maria.

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