Israel Folau issued official breach notice after inflammatory social media posts

16 April, 2019, 09:44 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • Israel Folau's religious faith remains strong as his rugby career hangs in the balance

The coach also said Folau has "crossed the line" after being involved in previous discussions where it was made clear his homophobic rants on social media were not acceptable.

Folau has 48 hours to respond to the sanction.

In his first interview since Rugby Australia announced its intention to terminate his Wallabies and Super Rugby contracts, Folau told the Sydney Morning Herald on Sunday he will walk away from rugby and his multi-million dollar income if God wills it.

Referencing 1 Corinthians 6:9, the graphic lists "Drunks, homosexuals, drunks, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, idolaters", before imploring "HELL AWAITS YOU", and "REPENT!"

"I have faith. My Christian faith has sustained me through the ups and many downs of my life".

"Following the events of a year ago, 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.

When asked whether he would select Folau again, Cheika, who fronted the media alongside Wallabies captain Michael Hooper and NSW Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson, said it was highly unlikely.

During an April 14 service at the Truth Of Jesus Christ Church in Kenthurst, Australia, fellow worshippers warmly greeted Folau, a honest evangelical Christian.

Folau, 30, said he had no intention of retracting or apologizing for his comments about gay people which, he insisted were based on his Christian beliefs.

Folau said the furor that emerged about his social media posts has not made him budge.


"It's frustrating having to stand here because I can't speak for Israel, but it is part of the team celebrating our diversity and celebrating that in a respectful manner".

He says he feels love towards all the people who had vented a negative reaction.

Vunipola added: "I can see that my recent post has hurt people".

"When he came to the question of homophobia, which is what people have accused Israel Folau of, Pope Francis was asked a question about homosexuality and he said 'if a person seeks the Lord with a honest heart, who am I to judge them?'".

Fellow footballer Billy Vunipola expressed online support for Folau, garnering a warning from his team in England.

Cheika said he didn't think the issue would rear its head again after the controversy of last year's tweets and Rugby Australia's subsequent talks with Folau.

"Obviously I love playing footy", he assured, "and if it goes down that path I'll definitely miss it".

A club statement read: "At Saracens, we are one family, open to all with the firm view that everyone should be treated equally with respect and humility".

Saracens are conducting their own investigation after declaring Vunipola has failed to meet his responsibility as a representative of the club, while condemnation of his view has also come from Premiership Rugby and the Rugby Players' Association.

Those that are living in Sin will end up in Hell unless you repent. "These comments are really disappointing and clearly don't reflect the spirit of inclusion and diversity that we support", a Qantas spokesman said in a statement sent to CNN. God has given and continues to give me many reasons in life to be grateful'.

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