- Wallabies star player, Israel Folau has been summoned to meet with Australian rugby bosses for his use of social media
- Folau said via Instagram that gay people were destined for hell unless they repent their sins
- The remark is a direct violation of Rugby Australia’s inclusion policy which is designed to stamp out discrimination and homophobia
Australian rugby star Israel Folau was on Thursday summoned to meet with Rugby Australia bosses for a controversial statement he made on social media.
Folau sparked a massive backlash in Australia (which is now spreading globally) when he said gay people were destined for hell.
Folau is a three-time Australian player of the year and a devout Christian. He commented on a question from one of his Instagram followers who asked him what God’s plan was for gay people. Folau responded by saying: “HELL…unless they repent their sins and turned to God.”
Briefly.co.za discovered the remark is in direct violation of Rugby Australia’s inclusion policy which has been designed to stamp out discrimination and homophobia in Australian rugby.
Rugby Australia’s CEO Raelene Castel distanced the governing body from Folau’s view. She said Folau would meet with her and the CEO of his franchise side the NSW Waratahs, Andrew Hore, to discuss the use of social media.
"Israel's comment reflects his personal religious beliefs, however, it does not represent the view of Rugby Australia or NSW Rugby," Castle said in a statement
Castle went on to say Rugby Australia’s official view was that rugby was a game for everyone, regardless of sexuality, race, religion or gender.
"We understand that Israel's comment has upset a number of people and we will discuss the matter with him as soon as possible," she added.
This is not the first time Folau has expressed his disdain for gay people, he was a vocal opponent of legalising gay marriage in Australia ahead of the law passing last year.
Quantas Airways, which is a major sponsor of the Wallabies has come under public pressure to withdraw from its sponsorship deal with the national rugby side.
Twitter users have slammed Folau for promoting hatred.
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