Clubs vote for more power amid Folau fall-out

Super League clubs have voted in favour of more power to stop controversial transfers in the future.

This news comes after Hull KR owner Neil Hudgell delivered correspondence to the Catalans Dragons.

The letter warned the French side legal action would be taken if any sponsorship was lost over the deal to sign Israel Folau.

Folau signed for the Dragons last week, and the story has caused a lot of attention. Many Super League clubs have distanced themselves from it.

Super League club officials met at the AJ Bell Stadium, minus Bernard Gausch, and came to this conclusion.

Many representatives requested the presence of Gausch, but he stayed in France to deal with a business issue.

The statement reads:“Super League has clearly and consistently outlined its position on Israel Folau.

“With the season under way, we now feel it is important for Super League to separate what is an off-field matter from what is happening on the field.

“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.

“As a sport we have an impressive and enviable track record when it comes to equality, diversity and inclusion and we will continue our great work in those areas.”

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