Friday, 19 April, 2019

Israel Folau sacked over homophobic social media post

Unrepentant Israel Folau Happy To Give Up Rugby If It Is God’s Will 'I share it with love': Rugby star stands by 'hell awaits' gays remark
Shannon Reynolds | 16 April, 2019, 13:27

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

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"Absolutely not. I'll stand on what the Bible says".

Coach Michael Cheika said on Monday he would not have been able to select fullback Israel Folau for the Wallabies after his latest "disrespectful" social media posts attacking gay people.

While many people, including some past and present players, chastised the 30-year-old for his posts, others said he was exercising his freedom of expression and sharing the beliefs of his faith - citing scripture that supports his comments.

The notice warrants "termination of his employment" with Rugby Australia.

"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 said.

"Following the events of previous year, Israel was warned formally and repeatedly ... with regards to social media use and he has failed to meet those obligations", Castle said in the release.

Disgraced Wallabies star Israel Folau could be thrown a rugby lifeline - by the English Super League.

"In saying that, obviously I love playing footy and if it goes down that path I'll definitely miss it".

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Vunipola, commenting on the back-lash that Australian full-back Folau received for saying that "hell awaits" homosexuals if they did not repent, wrote that that "man was made for woman to procreate".

Folau has been warned about this kind of thing before and what he posted on social media clearly violated rules or guidelines put in place by the organisation as well. Jesus Christ loves you and is giving you time to turn away from your sin and come to him.

Saracens, his club, also released a statement in which they said that the England forward had been "formally warned about his future conduct".

"We recognise that people have different belief systems and we expect everyone to be treated equally with respect and humility". Hell awaits you. Repent!

"That's one of the things that's got to be taken into consideration", Castle said.

"I'm disappointed in the fact that we're here again, second year running, that we're fronting up around an issue that on a large extent we'd settled and the impact that it has on the team", he said.

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 out of the crisis that has engulfed him and the sport Down Under.

He said he would regard such a decision as "God's will".

Earlier last week, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed a review into hate and free speech would be conducted and revealed Folau's comments fell short of the legal definition of hate speech.

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