Billy Vunipola explains his Instagram post and is formally warned by Saracens

Billy Vunipola explains his Instagram post and is formally warned by Saracens

Saracens have issued England International Billy Vunipola a formal warning following his social media posts on 12 April.

The Club and Vunipola issued seperate statements in the wake of Vunipola's support of Israel Folau's Instagram post. 

Saracens' Statement regarding Billy Vunipola’s social media activity:

"Senior representatives of the Club yesterday held lengthy discussions with Billy Vunipola regarding his recent social media activity.

"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.”

Billy Vunipola explains his recent social media activity:

“I can see that my recent post has hurt people. My intention was never to cause suffering. My intention was to express my belief in the word of God. These beliefs are a source of great strength, comfort and guidance in my life. This is deeply personal and does not represent the views of my team.

“Anyone who knows me, knows I live with kindness and love towards ALL people.

“I have faith. My Christian faith has sustained me through the ups and many downs of my life. God has given and continues to give me many reasons in life to be grateful.”

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