Published: Tue, April 16, 2019
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Israel Folau Shows 'No Remorse' Over Homophobic Posts And Is Effectively Sacked

Israel Folau Shows 'No Remorse' Over Homophobic Posts And Is Effectively Sacked

Earlier last week, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed a review into hate and free speech would be conducted and revealed Folau's comments fell short of the legal definition of hate speech.

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

The 54-year old Hastings, who played 65 Tests for Scotland and two for the British and Irish Lions between 1986 and 1997, was responding to a tweet by English rugby commentator Nick Heath, who had said "as a gay rugby commentator, I've had enough of God-fearing athletes telling me I need to repent for my sins".

"I felt that I needed to talk to him (Folau) about why but I haven't had that chance as yet".

The Super League could, however, be a potential avenue for Folau, with reporting he could make a return to the code after all.

Phipps said while NSW would miss the special talents of Folau they had other players who could slot in at fullback.

"We appreciate this matter will attract significant interest but due process must be followed", Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle told reporters.

Folau has been given until 5pm NZT on Wednesday to either seek a code of conduct hearing for his "high level" breach of the players' code of conduct or have his four-year, A$4 million contract terminated. "Like was said before, in this current state and being here and talking about this as a rugby player, it makes it hard, it makes it difficult". The Herald interviewed Folau after he attended a church service in western Sydney on Sunday at which speakers praised his comments and said he was being persecuted for his faith.

Vunipola then endorsed Folau and his homophobic stance with his own post on Instagram in which he said that "man was made for woman to procreate, that was the goal, no?"

"His plans for me are better than whatever I can think".

"It's obviously a decision that's in the process right now but I believe in a God that's in control of all things", Folau told the Sydney Morning Herald.

Despite questions raised over the hate and free speech discussion, Freer says the messages in the Bible come down to interpretation. But at the end of the day it's not for me or anyone else to condemn a person, we don't know what goes in their life and what has bought them to where they are. "If that's not to continue on playing, so be it", Folau said.

"I can see that my recent post has hurt people". I can't change what the word of God says, ' he said.

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

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

Clubs in Europe will also be wary of signing a player who comes with considerable baggage and even Toulon have rejected the possibly of offering an escape route out of the crisis that has engulfed him and the sport Down Under.

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