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SportIrate Israel Folau fan burns his Wallabies jersey

10:10  19 may  2019
10:10  19 may  2019 Source:

How Rugby Australia botched Folau contract

How Rugby Australia botched Folau contract Rugby Australia failed to make a last-gasp attempt for Israel Folau to sign a crucial contract amendment, a report says.

A sports podcaster has filmed himself burning his Wallabies jersey and posted it to Facebook, in protest at Israel Folau 's sacking. The podcaster behind the MVPodcast set his Wallabies jersey on fire in a display of support for Folau . "I have a been a Wallabies fan for 25 years

Israel Folau (Tongan: Isileli Folau ; born 3 April 1989) is an Australian professional rugby player who played for the New South Wales Waratahs in the Super Rugby.

An irate Israel Folau fan set fire to his Wallabies jersey to protest Rugby Australia's sacking of the former fullback.

The unnamed man, who goes by MVPodcast, posted a fiery 43-second clip to his public Facebook of himself pouring gasoline over the jersey before watching it burn.

Folau's $4 million ($NZ 4.1 million) contract came to an end on Friday after the rugby player was found guilty of a code of conduct breach.

The rugby star came under fire this year over his opinionated social media posts, the latest of which claimed homosexuals, atheists, and drunks were headed to hell.

Folau sacked by Rugby Australia

Folau sacked by Rugby Australia The independent three-person panel has found Rugby Australia has grounds to terminate Folau's employment in relation to his social media post.

Israel Folau 's sacking has prompted a diehard fan to burn his Wallabies jersey in protest (file photo). Rugby Australia's call prompted a fiery outburst from a fan calling himself MV Podcast, who posted a video on his Facebook page showing his gold Wallabies jersey engulfed in flames.

Israel Folau ’s Rugby Australia contract has been terminated. “Our clear message to all rugby fans today is that we need to stand by our values.” The Wallabies star described his fallout with the governing body as “challenging” and spoke of being tempted by the “opportunity” to rekindle his

"25 years... 25 years, this was me," the man said in his video, while the song 'Burn' by RnB singer Usher played dramatically in the background.

A friend lifted the jersey off the ground with a pole before the man set it alight.

"Unbelievable," the ex-fan says, as Usher croons "you know that it's over, let it burn," in the background. The flaming jersey is lowered unceremoniously into a bucket.

Irate Israel Folau fan burns his Wallabies jersey © Provided by MediaWorks NZ Limited

A lengthy caption explaining the destructive end to the relationship accompanied the clip.

"I have been a Wallabies fan for 25 years," the fan reiterated. "Always found a way to defend them despite the zero success Rugby Australia has had for years.

"I can no longer defend them any longer after the Israel Folau sacking. Israel Folau one of my all-time favorite players can no longer make a living off of Rugby, whilst others who have broken LAWS continue to play!

"Rugby Australia is a joke, and this whole situation is just getting started! Israel Folau quoted a bible verse on his Instagram which has ultimately cost him his career with Australia. A career lost because of social media."

Just in case his tirade wasn't clear enough, he concluded the post with a couple of middle-finger emojis for Rugby Australia.

Beale would welcome back 'unbelievable' Folau as teammate.
A good friend of the sacked Wallabies star, Beale admitted he had battled to make sense of the situation but continued to support Folau.

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