Israel Folau: Second fundraising campaign quickly overtakes first which was shut down by GoFundMe

25 Jun

A second fundraising campaign to fund Israel Folau’s legal costs has already received more than the first before it was shut down.

Rugby Australia sacked Folau in May for posting homophobic messages on social media.

The 30-year-old launched a crowdfunding drive last week to help towards the cost of his legal action against Rugby Australia.

Israel Folau was sacked by Rugby Australia in May
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He is a Christian and argued that his contract termination was an unlawful act of religious discrimination.

Folau was asking for A$3million (£1.6million) and had received more than A$750,000 (£409,000) before GoFundMe shut the campaign down.

The crowdfunding website claimed the page violated its terms of service.

Folau’s first crowdfunding campaign was shut down by GoFundMe
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The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) set up a second fundraising website, with donations surging past A$1million.

ACL managing director Martyn Iles told radio station Sydney Live: “We are ensuring that the voice of quiet Australians continues to be heard, and Israel Folau continues to know that he is not alone.”

The amount raised includes a A$100,000 donation by the ACL itself, which is among the vocal supporters of Folau.

Donations have been pouring in at the rate of almost A$1,000 per minute.
Folau set up the initial fundraising page after his A$4million (£2.2m) contract was terminated following his posts on social media that all homosexuals would go to hell.

An independent panel upheld that decision and Folau announced he was taking the case to the Fair Work Commission.

The 30-year-old was accused of greed following the launch of the fundraising drive, with ex-Australia wing Drew Mitchell heavily critical and referencing the many seriously ill people using GoFundMe to foot medical bills.

Folau would have proved one of Australia’s top draws at the autumn’s World Cup in Japan, but his 73-Test Wallabies career is in tatters.

Israel Folau: GoFundMe shuts down rugby star’s fundraising page for breaching terms of service

24 Jun

GoFundMe has taken down Israel Folau’s crowdfunding page after deciding it violated the platform’s terms of service.

The disgraced Wallabies star launched the fundraising drive last week, asking for 3million Australian dollars (£1.6m) to help towards the costs of his legal action against Rugby Australia.

GoFundMe said the page breached their terms of service
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Folau’s contract was terminated after he posted on social media saying all homosexuals would go to hell.

On Monday, GoFundMe said it was removing Folau’s campaign from its website and would refund the thousands of dollars already donated.

“After a routine period of evaluation, we have concluded that this campaign violates our terms of service,” said Nicola Britton, of GoFundMe Australia.

“As a company, we are absolutely committed to the fight for equality for LGBTIQ+ people and fostering an environment of inclusivity. While we welcome GoFundMe’s engaging in diverse civil debate, we do not tolerate the promotion of discrimination or exclusion.

“Our platform exists to help people help others,” she added.

Folau, who had already received more than 750,000 Australian dollars (£409,000) in donations to the website, hit out at GoFundMe for the decision to shut down his page.

The decision to sack Folau was upheld by an independent panel
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“Unfortunately, GoFundMe has buckled to demands against the freedom of Australians to donate to his cause,” a spokesman said. “There appears to be a continuing campaign of discrimination against Israel and his supporters.

“Thankfully, several organisations have already expressed interest in supporting Israel’s efforts to raise money for his ongoing legal case.”

The 30-year-old was accused of greed following the launch of the fundraising drive, with ex-Australia wing Drew Mitchell heavily critical and referencing the many seriously ill people using GoFundMe to foot medical bills.

Mitchell tweeted: “YOU are in a fight that YOU chose to be in after YOU broke the terms of YOUR contract, the kids below are in a fight they NEVER wanted to be in and yet YOU think YOU deserve donations more than they do? It’s no longer about religion, it’s about YOU and YOUR greed.”

Reacting to GoFundMe’s decision, he said: “A total of $765k was donated to @IzzyFolau’s @gofundme page.

“That amount is set to be refunded to all those who donated. Wouldn’t it be amazing if everyone decided to re-donate their pledges towards other peoples pages who are in a fight of their life?!”

Folau would have proved one of Australia’s top draws at the autumn’s World Cup in Japan, but his 73-Test Wallabies career is in tatters.

Former Wallabies centre Morgan Turinui posted: “Whichever side you fall on the Izzy Folau debate surely we can all see the ignominy of this.”

Shamed Australia star Israel Folau sets up GoFundMe page for legal battle after termination

20 Jun

Israel Folau has set up a GoFundMe page in order to collect donations for his legal battle with Rugby Australia.

The Waratahs full-back wants to raise around $3million (£1.6m) after his contract was terminated for homophobic social media posts.

Isreal Folau wants to raise money for his impending legal battle
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Earlier this month, Folau filed an application to the Australian Fair Work Commission, seeking a declaration that his employment was unlawfully terminated because of his religious beliefs.

Folau, one of Australia’s best-paid rugby stars, is seeking a pay-out of his contract, that had three years remaining on it, along with any other financial damages.

The full-back claims to have already spent $100,000 of his own money to fight RA’s internal tribunal but has insisted he’ll take the matter all the way to the High Court of Australia.

He wrote on the page: “I believe the termination of my contract is unlawful, which is why I have started legal proceedings against Rugby Australia and Rugby NSW.

The 30-year-old leaving his Rugby Australia Code of Conduct hearing in May
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“In response, Rugby Australia have already said that they will ‘divert significant resources’ to fight me in court.  Even if I win, Rugby Australia can appeal. There is every chance that a prominent test case like this could take years and eventually end up in the High Court of Australia.

“My wife Maria and I have already spent over $100,000 of our own money, and that was just to try and deal with Rugby Australia’s internal tribunal processes.

“The money I am asking for is solely to fund the rest of my action in court.”

The 30-year-old had previously been found to have committed a ‘high-level breach’ of the code of conduct over the posts he made in April.

Folau, a devout Christian who has played 62 Tests for Australia, said on his Instagram account that ‘hell awaits’ for ‘drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, idolators’ in a post that remains visible.

He had previously been warned about making homophobic comments on social media in 2018, but did not face disciplinary action at the time.

Israel Folau sacked by rugby Australia for Instagram post

17 May

Israel Folau has been sacked by Rugby Australia for homophobic social media posts.

The 30-year-old had previously been found to have committed a ‘high-level breach’ of the code of conduct over the posts he made in April.

Folau, a devout Christian who has played 62 Tests for Australia, said on his Instagram account that ‘hell awaits’ for ‘drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, idolators’ in a post that remains visible.

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Those that are living in Sin will end up in Hell unless you repent. Jesus Christ loves you and is giving you time to turn away from your sin and come to him. _______________ Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these , adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Galatians 5:19‭-‬21 KJV _______________ Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Acts 2:38 KJV _______________ And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:
Acts 17:30 KJV _______________

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He had previously been warned about making homophobic comments on social media in 2018, but did not face disciplinary action at the time.

Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle told a press conference: “We are here to announce that Wallabies and Waratahs player Israel Folau has today been issued a sanction directing termination of his playing contract for his high-level breach of the professional players’ code of conduct.

“The three-member panel of John West QC chair, Kate Eastman and John Boultbee, provided its final written decision today in relation to the code of conduct hearing over Folau’s social media post on April 10, 2019.

“While Rugby Australia accepts the panel’s decision directing termination of Israel Folau’s contract for his high-level breach of the code of conduct, we want to stress that this outcome is a painful situation for the game.

Folau has played 62 Tests for Australia and scored 162 points
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“Rugby Australia did not choose to be in the situation, but Rugby Australia’s position remains that Israel, through his actions, left us with no choice but to pursue the course of action resulting in today’s outcome.

“This has been an extremely challenging period for rugby. This issue has created an unwanted distraction in an important year for the sport and for the Wallabies team.

“But our clear message for all rugby fans today is that we need to stand by our values and the qualities of inclusion, passion, integrity, discipline, respect and teamwork.”

Castle said she had been in touch with players to “make it clear that Rugby Australia fully supports their right to their own beliefs, and nothing that has happened changes that.


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“But when we’re talking about inclusiveness in our game, we’re talking abut respecting differences as well. When we say rugby is a game for all, we mean it.

“People need to feel safe and welcomed in our game regardless of their gender, race, background, religion or sexuality.

“Israel is a great rugby player and we are disappointed and saddened by the fact that he will not see out his four-year contract and commitment to the Wallabies and also with the Waratahs.”

Folau has the option to lodge an appeal against the sanction.

Israel Folau found guilty of ‘high-level breach’ of code of conduct over homophobic social media posts

7 May

Israel Folau is guilty of committing a ‘high-level’ code of conduct breach in relation to homophobic social media posts he made last month, a Rugby Australia hearing has determined.

The 30-year-old devout Christian wrote on his Instagram account that ‘hell awaits’ for ‘drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, idolators’.

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Those that are living in Sin will end up in Hell unless you repent. Jesus Christ loves you and is giving you time to turn away from your sin and come to him. _______________ Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these , adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Galatians 5:19‭-‬21 KJV _______________ Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Acts 2:38 KJV _______________ And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:
Acts 17:30 KJV _______________

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The Wallabies full-back requested a code of conduct hearing after he was issued with a breach notice by Rugby Australia, which would warrant the termination of his employment contract.

The three-day hearing ended with a three-person panel concluding: “Folau committed a high-level breach of the Professional Players’ Code of Conduct with his social media posts on April 10, 2019”.

A statement from Rugby Australia continued: “The panel will now take further written submissions from the parties to consider the matter of sanction.

“A further update will be provided after the panel delivers its decision on sanction.”

Folau, who has played 62 Tests for Australia since making his debut in 2013, was warned a year ago for making homophobic comments on social media, but escaped disciplinary action.

Having published similarly divisive views once again, however, Rugby Australia announced its intention to sack one of the sport’s most gifted players in a move that would rule him out of the World Cup.

Folau has stood by his view in posts that remain visible and has said he would rather accept the end of his career than issue a retraction.

Rugby Australia confirmed their intention to terminate Folau’s contract

“It’s obviously a decision that’s in the process right now but I believe in a God that’s in control of all things,” he told the Sydney Morning Herald last month.

“Whatever His will is, whether that’s to continue playing or not, I’m more than happy to do what He wants me to do.”

Folau has been stood down by the NSW Waratahs and his rugby union career in Australia appears over, while a return to his roots in league has been ruled out by the Australian Rugby League.

The fallout has been felt in the northern hemisphere after England number eight Billy Vunipola offered support for his view on his own Instagram account, resulting in a formal warning from the Rugby Football Union.

Israel Folau requests code of conduct hearing after Ruby Australia terminate his contract for homophobic comments

17 Apr

Israel Folau has requested a code of conduct hearing after his contract was terminated by Rugby Australia over his homophobic social media posts.

The union’s integrity department ruled Folau had committed a ‘high-level breach of the Professional Players’ Code of Conduct’ and he was given 48 hours to accept the breach of contract or refer it to a hearing.

Folau has had his contract terminated by Rugby Australia

The 30-year-old, who is a devout Christian, said on his Instagram account last week that ‘hell awaits’ for ‘drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, idolators.’

RA said Folau’s request for a code of conduct hearing was ,not an unexpected outcome,’

Chief executive Raelene Castle said: “Israel has responded formally today to request a code of conduct hearing which, under the circumstances, was not an unexpected outcome. We will now work to confirm a date for the hearing as soon as possible.

“After the date for the hearing is confirmed, Rugby Australia and the NSW Rugby Union will make no further comment on the matter until the code of conduct process has concluded.”

The Wallabies full-back was warned a year ago for making homophobic comments on social media, but escaped disciplinary action.

Having published similarly divisive views once again, however, RA announced its intention to sack one of the sport’s most gifted players in a move that would rule him out of the World Cup.

Folalu posted homophobic comments on social media

Declaring on Monday that Folau was in breach of contract, Castle said: “Following the events of last year, Israel was warned formally and repeatedly about the expectations of him as a player for the Wallabies and NSW Waratahs with regards to social media use and he has failed to meet those obligations.

“It was made clear to him that any social media posts or commentary that is in any way disrespectful to people because of their sexuality will result in disciplinary action.

“All professional rugby players in Australia are bound by the code of conduct and there is a process in place for any disciplinary matter.”

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Folau has stood by his view in posts that remain visible and would rather accept the end of his career than issue a retraction.

“It’s obviously a decision that’s in the process right now but I believe in a God that’s in control of all things,” he told the Sydney Morning Herald earlier this week.

“Whatever His will is, whether that’s to continue playing or not, I’m more than happy to do what He wants me to do.”

He has been stood down by the Waratahs and his rugby union career in Australia appears over, while a return to his roots in league has been ruled out by the Australian Rugby League.

Billy Vunipola offered support for his view on his own Instagram account

Clubs in Europe will also be wary of signing a player who comes with considerable baggage and even Toulon have rejected the possibility of offering an escape route.

The fallout has been felt in the northern hemisphere after England number eight Billy Vunipola offered support for his view on his own Instagram account, resulting in a formal warning from the Rugby Football Union.

Billy Vunipola: RFU formally warn England forward over apparent support of Israel Folau

16 Apr

Billy Vunipola has been formally warned by the Rugby Football Union for a homophobic comment made on Instagram while appearing to express support for Australia’s Israel Folau.

Vunipola was summoned to talks by the RFU to discuss a post that read: “Man was made for woman to pro create [sic] that was the goal no?”.

Vunipola has been ‘reminded of his responsibilities’ by the RFU

England’s number eight also liked a social media post by Australia full-back and fellow devout Christian Folau, who stated ‘hell awaits’ for ‘homosexuals’.

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Those that are living in Sin will end up in Hell unless you repent. Jesus Christ loves you and is giving you time to turn away from your sin and come to him. _______________ Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these , adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Galatians 5:19‭-‬21 KJV _______________ Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Acts 2:38 KJV _______________ And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:
Acts 17:30 KJV _______________

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An RFU statement read: “Following a meeting between the RFU and Billy Vunipola, the Saracens forward has been issued with a formal warning under RFU rule 5.12 for conduct prejudicial to the interests of the union or the game.”

Vunipola has escaped a fine or ban from Twickenham, making him available for England’s four warm-up Tests ahead of this autumn’s World Cup.

The RFU statement continued: “The warning will be retained on his disciplinary record for a period of five years and may be taken into account in future disciplinary proceedings.

“During the meeting the player expressed genuine regret at his public comments and understood that he had caused hurt and offence as a result of his actions.

“He has been reminded of his responsibilities as an England player and as an ambassador for the game, which values inclusivity and respect.”

Saracens conducted their own internal investigation and, following lengthy discussions with Vunipola, a formal warning was issued, but the club also opted against imposing a fine or suspension.

The English champions said he was guilty of a ‘serious error of judgement’ and that by publicly sharing a view that is at odds with their values, he had contravened his contract.

In his own statement, Vunipola insisted his ‘intention was never to cause suffering’, but stopped short of offering an apology.

Despite clarifying his position, the offending post remains visible on his Instagram account.

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So this morning I got 3 phone calls from people telling me to ‘unlike’ the @izzyfolau post. This is my position on it. I don’t HATE anyone neither do I think I’m perfect. There just comes a point when you insult what I grew up believing in that you just say enough is enough, what he’s saying isn’t that he doesn’t like or love those people. He’s saying how we live our lives needs to be closer to how God intended them to be. Man was made for woman to pro create that was the goal no? I’m not perfect I’m at least everything on that list at least at one point in my life. It hurts to know that. But that’s why I believe there’s a God. To guide and protect us and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.

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On Saturday the 26-year-old, whose mother is a Methodist minister, was booed during his appearance as a second-half replacement against Bristol.

Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall said ‘I’m sure there’s stuff going on in his head’, but will pick Vunipola for Saturday’s European semi-final against Munster at Allianz Park.

Folau has been told by Rugby Australia that he is in breach of its code of conduct and will have his four-year contract terminated, subject to the 48-hour window for him to appeal.

Billy Vunipola formally warned by Saracens after defending Israel Folau over homophobic comments

15 Apr

Saracens have formally warned  Billy Vunipola about his future conduct after he made ‘a serious error of judgement’ by defending a homophobic Instagram post by Israel Folau.

The England forward posted a message on Instagram on Friday that includes the line ‘Man was made for woman to procreate that was the goal no?’.

Vunipola was acting in support of Australia full-back and fellow devout Christian Folau, who stated on social media that ‘hell awaits’ for ‘homosexuals’.

Billy Vunipola has been warned about his future conduct by Saracens

Saracens – who held ‘lengthy discussions’ on Sunday with the number eight – said in a statement: “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.”

Vunipola insisted that his “intention was never to cause suffering” but stopped short of offering an apology in a statement on Saracens’ website.

Israel Folau’s comments drew widespread criticism

He said: “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.”

Israel Folau: Rugby Australia serve breach notice to terminate player’s contract over homophobic social media posts

15 Apr

Rugby Australia has pressed ahead with plans to terminate Israel Folau’s contract by serving the full-back with a breach notice over discriminatory social media posts.

Folau has been deemed by the union’s integrity unit to have committed a ‘high-level breach of the Professional Players’ Code of Conduct’, warranting the termination of his employment contract.

Folau last week reiterated his homophobic views on social media

The 30-year-old said on his Instagram and Twitter accounts last week that ‘hell awaits for ‘drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, idolaters’.

A year ago Folau, a staunch Christian, was warned for making homophobic comments on social media but escaped disciplinary action.

Having published similarly divisive views once again, however, RA announced its intention to sack one of the sport’s most gifted players in a move that would rule him out of the World Cup.

And RA chief executive Raelene Castle declared on Monday morning that Folau is in breach of contract.

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Those that are living in Sin will end up in Hell unless you repent. Jesus Christ loves you and is giving you time to turn away from your sin and come to him. _______________ Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these , adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Galatians 5:19‭-‬21 KJV _______________ Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Acts 2:38 KJV _______________ And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:
Acts 17:30 KJV _______________

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Castle said: “Following the events of last year, Israel was warned formally and repeatedly about the expectations of him as a player for the Wallabies and NSW Waratahs with regards to social media use and he has failed to meet those obligations.

“It was made clear to him that any social media posts or commentary that is in any way disrespectful to people because of their sexuality will result in disciplinary action.

“All professional rugby players in Australia are bound by the code of conduct and there is a process in place for any disciplinary matter.”

Folau has 48 hours to accept the sanction or refer it to a hearing but whatever course of action is taken, he faces an uncertain future in sport.

He has been stood down by the Waratahs and his rugby union career in Australia appears over, while a return to his roots in league has been ruled out by the Australian Rugby League.

Clubs in Europe will also be wary of signing a player who comes with considerable baggage and even Toulon have rejected the possibly of offering an escape route.

The fallout has been felt in the northern hemisphere after England number eight Billy Vunipola offered support for his view on his own Instagram account, resulting in showdown talks with Twickenham.

Israel Folau: Rugby Australia to terminate star’s contract after anti-gay social media post

11 Apr

Israel Folau will have his Rugby Australia contract terminated following his homophobic social media post.

The 30-year-old came under fire for reiterating his controversial views about ‘drunks, homosexuals and adulterers’ in an Instagram post earlier this week.

Israel Folau is set to have his Rugby Australia contract terminated

Rugby Australia said in a statement it intends to terminate his contract and Folau has failed to respond to repeated attempts to contact him.

The statement read: “As a code we have made it clear to Israel formally and repeatedly that any social media posts or commentary that is in any way disrespectful to people because of their sexuality will result in disciplinary action. In the absence of compelling mitigating factors, it is our intention to terminate his contract.

Rugby Australia and the New South Wales Rugby Union have made repeated attempts to contact Israel both directly and via his representatives since 6.30pm on Wednesday, and at this point he has failed to communicate directly with either organisation.

“Whilst Israel is entitled to his religious beliefs, the way in which he has expressed these beliefs is inconsistent with the values of the sport. We want to make it clear that he does not speak for the game with his recent social media posts.

“Israel has failed to understand that the expectation of him as a Rugby Australia and NSW Waratahs employee is that he cannot share material on social media that condemns, vilifies or discriminates against people on the basis of their sexuality.

“Rugby is a sport that continuously works to unite people. We want everyone to feel safe and welcome in our game and no vilification based on race, gender, religion or sexuality is acceptable and no language that isolates, divides or insults people based on any of those factors can be tolerated.”

The centre recently became Super Rugby’s all-time record try scorer and has been capped 73 times by Australia.

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Those that are living in Sin will end up in Hell unless you repent. Jesus Christ loves you and is giving you time to turn away from your sin and come to him. _______________ Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these , adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Galatians 5:19‭-‬21 KJV _______________ Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Acts 2:38 KJV _______________ And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:
Acts 17:30 KJV _______________

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Folau’s comments come just over a year after he uploaded another homophobic post to Instagram, in which he said gay people will go to Hell, ‘unless they repent of their sins and turn to God’.

Folau was warned by Rugby Australia for those previous comments but not punished.

Folau, a native of Minto, New South Wales, began his career 12 years ago in rugby league, playing for Melbourne Storm and Brisbane Broncos, before switching sports to Aussie rules football for a year.

In 2012, Folau switched to rugby union and he penned a deal with the Waratahs for the 2013 Super Rugby season.

He has been with the New South Wales side ever since.