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

10:57  08 april  2018
10:57  08 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".

One of the moments that stood out was this amusing piece of officiating from Welsh referee Nigel Owens . Owens , a stand-up comic in his spare time, has never been shy to tell it like it is on the rugby field. It has gone completely too far .

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Impact: Owens believes Folau's comments can cause harm © Maarten Holl Impact: Owens believes Folau's comments can cause harm Respected international referee Nigel Owens says Israel Folau went too far when he claimed on social media that gay people would be punished in hell for their sins.

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.

"In situations like this, people should keep their opinions that can be very harmful to themselves when saying things like that," Owens said.

Wallabies captain unfazed about Folau

  Wallabies captain unfazed about Folau Wallabies captain Michael Hooper doesn't believe Israel Folau's provocative comments about gay people will prove disruptive in the team dressing room. "I saw the statement from them. They'll talk to him about that," the flanker said."We're all different people and have different religious beliefs and everyone is entitled to them."With Qantas, Rugby Australia's major sponsor, under pressure from fans to take action against the Wallabies because of Folau's social media posts, Castle said the national and state governing bodies were treating the matter seriously.

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"Everyone is entitled to their opinion I hear some of you say, but surely some opinions are better kept to oneself, are they not?

"He needs to respect that people are different to him and to his beliefs, and if he disagrees with it, he should let them get on with their own lives.

"It doesn’t hurt me what Folau, or anyone else like him, says.

"I’ve accepted who I am, but it can affect young people going through those difficult times, believe me, as years ago I was one of them."

Contact: Folau will meet with his Rugby Australia and Waratahs bosses on Tuesday. © Dion Georgopoulos Contact: Folau will meet with his Rugby Australia and Waratahs bosses on Tuesday. Folau will meet with his employers Rugby Australia and the Waratahs on Tuesday to discuss his use of social media.

At issue is his Instagram comment of last week when, in response to a question from another user, Folau said God's plan for gay people was "HELL... Unless they repent of their sins and turn to God". The comment remains under Folau's post of April 3.

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.

Rugby's top referee Nigel Owens says too many decisions are referred to the TV Match Official (TMO) and that the over-reliance on the system is starting to erode public confidence in the man in the middle. Injured Folau retains faith. Stannard speaks to police. Commented . Is 100kmh too fast?

David Cameron has described migrants attempting to cross the Channel to enter the UK as a "swarm" who would not be offered "safe haven", drawing pretty much universal condemnation for the dehumanising language.

The rugby world reacted strongly. Current and former team mates defended Folau's right to his opinion but distanced themselves from the sentiment.

Former Wallabies and Waratahs fullback Matt Burke, who called Folau to tell him he had been selected for the World Cup in 2015, labelled the remark "a bit of ignorance".

"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," Burke said.

"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."

Former hooker Brendan Cannon also called the comment "ignorant" and, in a column for a Saturday newspaper, said he believed love did not discriminate on the grounds of sexuality.

Owens, one of international rugby's top referees, has spoken before about his struggle to accept himself. He wrote of it again on Saturday and said he had recently helped a young rugby player deal with the same issues.

Rugby Australia has not spoken to Folau about homophobic post

  Rugby Australia has not spoken to Folau about homophobic post Rugby Australia have not yet told Israel Folau to take a homophobic comment off Instagram as it emerged the post 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.

England's Wayne Barnes has also been criticised for his decision to sin-bin Argentina lock Tomas Lavanini for a clumsy low tackle on Australia's Israel Folau during the Wallabies' semi-final win. Referee Nigel Owens ' greatest quips. 26 Oct 2015. From the section Welsh Rugby.

The question then becomes, 'Has Nigel Owens become too big to referee ?' Show comments . If you would like to add a comment , please register or log in. Israel Folau to meet with Rugby Australia after posting on Instagram that gay people will go to hell .

"I spent hours and hours with him over many weeks, saying 'listen, rugby will accept you for who you are like it accepted me and [former Wales international] Gareth Thomas'," he wrote.

"I said I can’t tell you if your parents will accept you or your friends, but I can tell you that the huge, huge majority in rugby will and I’m pretty sure that your friends and family, if they are anything like mine, will accept you no matter who you are, like mine did with me.

"This was a couple of months after he attempted to take his own life. It took a few more chats and a few more months before he said he felt better and was now okay with himself and that he was coming around to accepting who he was."

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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