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SportAFL stars embroiled in Folau controversy

13:10  15 april  2019
13:10  15 april  2019 Source:   wwos.ninemsn.com.au

UFC star slams 'hypocrite' Folau

UFC star slams 'hypocrite' Folau Australian UFC star Tai Tuivasa has labelled controversial Wallaby Israel Folau a hypocrite, followiing the uproar over his offensive posts.

He has previously played professional rugby league and Australian rules football. He is currently embroiled in a scandal with Rugby Australia over social media posts In 2011, Folau joined the Greater Western Sydney Giants in the Australian Football League ( AFL ) and played for two seasons.

One day after video emerged of Shane Mumford snorting white powder, the AFL has been embroiled in scandal again.

A host of sports stars have shown support for Israel Folau's homophobic Instagram post, which is set to cost the Wallabies' star his rugby career in Australia.

The Herald Sun reports AFL stars Gary Ablett and Matthew Kennedy along with Wallabies players Samu Kerevi and Allan Alaalatoa were among thousands of Instagram users who expressed support by tapping “like” on Folau’s controversial post.

AFL stars embroiled in Folau controversy© AAP Gary Ablett Jr unliked Folau's post on Sunday. Cats star Ablett and Carlton's Kennedy are both deeply religious, although Ablett removed his like on Sunday.

Qantas responds to Folau's online posts

Qantas responds to Folau's online posts The Wallabies' major sponsor Qantas is awaiting Rugby Australia's review after condemning Israel Folau's latest social media outburst. The Wallabies' major sponsor has condemned Israel Folau's latest social media outburst and is awaiting Rugby Australia's review into the controversy. RA's integrity unit is investigating after Folau took to Instagram to proclaim hell awaits "drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolaters".

The leaders of Australia and New Zealand have both taken aim at Israel Folau as outrage over the rugby star 's latest comments intensify.

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The Geelong club were unaware of Ablett's reaction to the post and were adamant they didn't order him to remove his support for the Wallabies' star's post.

As Folau fights for his right to express his religious freedom, Wallabies coach Michael Cheika says his "disrespectful" comments would currently make it impossible to pick the superstar for Australia at this year's Rugby World Cup.

Folau remains stood down by Rugby Australia over his latest social media tirade, which proclaimed homosexuals, drunks and atheists would go to hell unless they repented.

AFL stars embroiled in Folau controversy© AAP Matthew Kennedy of Carlton.

"Getting out in that disrespectful manner publicly is not what our team's about. When you play in the gold jersey, we represent everyone in Australia - everyone. Everyone that's out there supporting us. We don't pick and choose," Cheika said on Monday.

Beale replaces Folau as Waratahs fullback

Beale replaces Folau as Waratahs fullback Wallabies utility back Kurtley Beale will fill the fullback role for the NSW Waratahs vacated by Israel Folau,

Israel Folau says he is prepared to walk away from rugby without a fight and will put his religious beliefs first - as fellow football stars become embroiled in controversy after 'liking' the social media post that will likely end his career. In his first interview since posting homophobic messages on Instagram on

Folau became embroiled in controversy this week after posting homophobic messages on Twitter and Instagram for the second time within 12 months, forcing Rugby Australia to terminate his four-year, multi-million dollar contract. The 30-year-old had been warned by RA after first publishing anti-gay

Rugby Australia is expected to notify Folau about his breach of contract on Monday, starting the formal disciplinary process which could lead to his sacking.

The Sydney Morning Herald interviewed Folau after he had attended a church service in western Sydney and refused to back down on the comments.

“First and foremost, I live for God now,” Folau said.

“Whatever He wants me to do, I believe His plans for me are better than whatever I can think.

“If that’s not to continue on playing, so be it. In saying that, obviously I love playing footy and if it goes down that path I’ll definitely miss it. But my faith in Jesus Christ is what comes first.”

'I'm more than happy to do what He wants me to do': unrepentant Folau.
The Wallabies fullback and his star netballer wife Maria joined their regular service for the Truth Of Jesus Christ Church at Kenthurst. During a warm-hearted two-hour service that started with a pastor welcoming "our Tongan brothers and sisters", our guests from The Sydney Morning Herald and "Izzy and Maria", the tight-knit community rallied around their most famous member with support for what one speaker called his "boldness to stand true to his word". There were multiple references to Folau being "persecuted" for his beliefs in the Lord's teachings.

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