Sport Rugby Australia has not spoken to Folau about homophobic post

23:05  07 april  2018
23:05  07 april  2018 Source:   Sydney Morning Herald

Sports advocacy group slams Folau's 'appalling homophobic comments'

  Sports advocacy group slams Folau's 'appalling homophobic comments' Anti-homophobia advocacy group Pride in Sport has slammed Israel Folau's comments about gay people.Pride in Sport, a joint venture between the Australian Sports Commission and Human Rights Commission to which Rugby Australia, the NRL, AFL, FFA and Cricket Australia are parties, labelled as "appalling" the dual international's post on Instagram that God's plan for gay people was "hell".

Rugby Australia ’s timid response to Israel Folau ’s homophobic comments on social media reflect a struggling code that appear too afraid to stand up to its most Sympathisers of Folau like former Wallaby Drew Mitchell have backed Folau ’s right to free speech. Speaking to Fox Sports, Mitchell said

Rugby Australia says it does not support the views of star player Israel Folau after he suggested that gay people would end up in hell. The comment has since been deleted, but screenshots of the exchange have drawn condemnation online. Ugh, Israel Folau opens his homophobic mouth again

Furore: Israel Folau's Instagram comment has put pressure on Rugby Australia to act. has© AAP Furore: Israel Folau's Instagram comment has put pressure on Rugby Australia to act. has Rugby Australia has not spoken to Israel Folau since he posted an inflammatory comment on Instagram saying gay people were destined to go to ‘HELL’, or instructed their star player to retract his remark as it emerged the Wallabies fullback’s comment had not been taken down.

Folau sparked controversy earlier this week by replying to a question from an Instagram user about what God’s plan is for gay people.

His response - “HELL… Unless they repent of their sins and turn to God” - triggered a major backlash and public debate about whether he is entitled to publicly express his views on the grounds of religious freedom.

Former Immigration Minister says Folau should be banned from NZ

  Former Immigration Minister says Folau should be banned from NZ The rugby player said gay people would go to hell. Tuariki Delamere, now a top immigration lawyer, says Folau is a threat to public order and should be denied access to our country."I don't believe he's allowed to stand up and express what I term hate speech against homosexuals," Mr Delaware said.Israel Folau is Australian Rugby's biggest star, a three-time Player of the Year, and is married to netball star Maria Tutaia. He caused controversy when someone asked him what God's plan is for gay people, and he said "Hell unless they repent their sins and turn to god.

Israel Folau , who has 62 caps for the Wallabies national team, has been summoned to meet the head of Rugby Australia , Raelene Castle, who said his comment had “upset a number of people”.

The post has now been removed. Australian rugby player Folau sparks outrage with anti-gay post . “Israel’s comment reflects his personal religious beliefs, however it does not represent the view of Rugby Australia or NSW Rugby ,” RA chief executive Raelene Castle said in a statement.

Contrary to media reports, as of Saturday, some four days after writing what he did, Folau had not removed the comment from his Instagram account, of which he has 338,000 followers.

Fairfax Media understands no one from Rugby Australia has spoken to Folau since the story broke on Wednesday afternoon.

There has been contact with his manager but in terms of speaking to the 29-year-old directly, it is understood that has not happened.

On Thursday, RA and NSW Rugby Union announced they would meet with Folau to “discuss his use of social media” in a matter they were treating seriously.

Rugby Australia is yet to speak to Israel Folau over his controversial homophonic comments© Stephen Blackberry/Action Plus via Getty Images Rugby Australia is yet to speak to Israel Folau over his controversial homophonic comments Given the traction the comment has garnered, some people believe it is surprising the game’s governing body hasn’t given Folau a tap on the shoulder and asked him to remove the comment.

'Folau hell comments went too far': referee Nigel Owens

  'Folau hell comments went too far': referee Nigel Owens Gay Welsh referee Nigel Owens has spoken out about Israel Folau's comments about gay people.Owens, who publicly came out as gay in 2007, said Folau's Instagram comment was "enough to push people over the edge". In a column for news site Wales Online, he urged the dual international to keep such "harmful" opinions to himself.

Rugby bosses to front Folau after gay post . Rugby Australia will grill Israel Folau over his use of social media after the Wallabies superstar's latest homophobic comment Now he has seemingly contravened RA's inclusion policy. " Rugby has and must continue to be a sport where players

Rugby Australia will give Israel Folau a message over his social media use after homophobic comment. An anti- homophobia sports advocacy group has slammed Folau 's Instagram comment.

This is against the backdrop of major sponsor Qantas expressing its disappointment in Folau’s remarks, with  the potential that they could pull sponsorship dollars in the future.

RA have made contact with Folau’s manager, Isaac Moses, to organise a date for his meeting with RA chief Castle and NSWRU chief Andrew Hore. While a time has not been locked in, it is understood Tuesday is the day being flagged.

Meanwhile, former Wallabies fullback Matt Burke believes Folau didn’t need to engage with someone from the general public by posting an ‘ignorant comment’.

"That’s where he fell into the trap, I don’t think he needed to express that," Burke said. "You don’t need to talk to the general public who you don’t know. It didn’t need to justify a response. He may have that view but that view I don’t think needed to be expressed on a digital platform.

"I don’t agree with the comment. I don’t believe ignorance is an excuse as well. I’ve got a lot of gay friends who are good people, they’re not going to hell.

Folau tweets Bible verse ahead of meeting

  Folau tweets Bible verse ahead of meeting Israel Folau has tweeted a Bible verse about the righteous being persecuted before his meeting with Rugby Australia about his use of social media.Rugby Australia officials have been careful not to inflame the situation with Wallabies superstar Israel Folau on the eve of a meeting over his use of social media.

Ever the devout Christian and theologian, Folau provided his aforementioned answer. And this isn’t the first time the athlete has made a homophobic comment. The LGBTQ sports blog Outsports notes Israel Folau ’s comments may violate Rugby Australia ’s inclusion policy.

Rugby Australia says it does not agree with Israel Folau after he ignited a homophobia row. Folau has not responded to the backlash. Ugh, Israel Folau opens his homophobic mouth again and I just want to yell loudly my love and solidarity for rainbow whānau and friends.

"He has to cop the repercussions. It was a bit of ignorance more than anything else. I don’t think he knew where it would have gone to and escalated."

Burke, a member of the 1999 World Cup-winning Wallabies squad, said he didn’t think Folau’s comment would create disunity within the NSW and Australian ranks.

"It won’t do anything to team morale because he is such a fine player, they need him there in the team," Burke said. "Players might just go: 'mate, c’mon'."

The 81-Test Wallaby says Castle faces a tricky dilemma.

"Even though they’ll say it’s the thoughts of an individual only, we associate Israel Folau with Rugby Australia," Burke said. "They’re going to be drawn in no matter what because he wears that gold jersey. It’s an incredibly hard place.

"The comment becomes divisive in the community and when you have sponsors that support the inclusion policy, it get the backing of those people too.

"Her best way to approach [the situation] would be … maybe a bit of training on social media. Whatever you say is going to be out there forever. The last thing you need to do is dignify a response."

Gibson wants to use Folau comment controversy as lesson for Waratahs .
Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson says players need to be more cognisant of what they write online in light of Israel Folau's controversial anti-gay comment.Folau was present at Waratahs training on Wednesday, a day after he fronted up at Rugby Australia headquarters for a meeting with chief executive Raelene Castle and NSWRU boss Andrew Hore.

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