Vunipola warned by Saracens
Saracens have warned Billy Vunipola about his future conduct after he defended a recent Instagram post made by Israel Folau.
Folau has caused a storm over the social media post which said that "hell awaits" gay people, and has resulted in the Australian rugby union authorities ending his contract.
Vunipola, who is also a devout Christian, defended Folau's post and has found himself in hot water with Saracens, who have issued a formal warning following lengthy discussions with the player.
A club statement read: "At Saracens, we are one family, open to all with the firm view that everyone should be treated equally with respect and humility.
"We recognise the complexity of different belief systems and understand Billy's intention was to express the word of God rather than cause offence.
"However, he made a serious error of judgement in publicly sharing his opinion, which is inconsistent with the values of the club and contravenes his contractual obligations.
"The player has been formally warned about his future conduct."
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