Published: Вт, Апреля 16, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Israel Folau sacked over homophobic social media post

Israel Folau sacked over homophobic social media post

Matty McLean says Folau has to face repercussions like anyone else but Jack Tame wonders if he did it on goal.

Hastings, the former Scotland and Lions centre, whose son Corey is gay, tweeted his disapproval of England global Billy Vunipola's support for Folau's comments on Saturday from Singapore where he was commentating on the world sevens series event.

Chief executive of Rugby Australia, Raelene Castle said: "Following the events of previous year, Israel was warned formally and repeatedly about the expectations of him as player for the Wallabies and NSW Waratahs with regards to social media use and he has failed to meet those obligations".

Rugby Australia CEO Raelone Castle said, "he was unapologetic with his posts and it left us no option".

While Rugby Australia will sack Folau, 30, for his second anti-gay outburst in a year, and said on Monday he had 48 hours to accept that verdict or face a code-of-conduct hearing, Vunipola has now explained his own views but stopped short of apologising to the LGBT community.

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

On April 10, Folau posted to more than 340,000 followers on Instagram, "Those that are living in Sin will end up in Hell unless you repent". He said the Wallabies stand for appreciating diversity "in a respecful manner".

"We've had the discussion about it and that line's then been crossed". When you play in the gold (Wallabies) jersey, we're representing everyone in Australia.

Many of Folau's supporters have suggested that he is being persecuted for his faith - something which the player himself said that all Christians should expect to happen if they hold fast to the truth of the Bible.

"You take your friends warts and all, and your teammates", Hooper said.

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The Rugby Football Union, the governing body of the English game, plans to talk to Vunipola about his comments.

"It's hard being here, we're rugby players for sure, we are trying to create the best team environment we possibly can and at national level", he added.

"I think we all know what he's said isn't right.it's been dealt with pretty strongly by his employers", Hansen said.

Folau spoke to the Sydney Morning Herald after he and netball star wife Maria attended a church service in suburban Sydney.

Ms Castle said Folau "expressed no remorse" for his social media posts when she and other rugby officials met with him last Friday. If that's not to continue playing, so be it.

'In saying that, obviously I love playing footy and if it goes down that path I'll definitely miss it. "Jesus Christ loves you and is giving you time to turn away from your sin and come to him", his post said. My intention was to express my belief in the word of God.

"I think as it stands right now... you wouldn't be able", Cheika said.

"I have love towards everyone that might be saying negative things".

Vunipola's statement, released at the same time, said: "I can see that my recent post has hurt people. None of us knows what goes on in the heart of every single person and what is behind what they are and what they do".

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