Israel Folau fundraising campaign page shut down by GoFundMe Australia

Kuo to'o 'e he GoFundme e peesi feinga pa'anga 'a 'Isileli Folau 'a ia ne 'osi a'u e pa'anga ne tānaki ai mei he kakai' ki he mei $7 kilu pea 'e vahe fakafoki ia ki he kakai ne nau tānaki 'a e pa'anga' ni. Pehē 'e he kautaha GoFund na'e maumau'i 'e Folau 'a e tu'utu'uni 'a e kautaha feinga pa'anga' ni 'a ia 'e 'ikai ngofua ke feinga pa'anga ai ha taha ko e taumu'a ki ha'ane feinga fakalao. Na'e feinga pa'anga foki 'a Folau ke tokoni ki he'ene totongi loea ke 'eke'i hono tuli ia 'e he 'Akapulu 'a 'Aositelēlia'.

Sacked Wallabies star Israel Folau’s GoFundMe page has been shut down and the funds will be returned to donors, the company says.

The player’s $4 million contract was torn up in May after one of his social media posts citing the Bible was deemed homophobic.

Folau started the GoFundMe campaign last week, asking people to donate $3m to fight Rugby Australia over the termination of his contract.

The fundraising post, republished to Maria Folau’s Instagram page on Friday, explains the couple has spent more than $100,000 on legal fees to fight the termination.

As of Sunday afternoon, a GoFundMe page set up by Israel Folau had raised more than $670,000 of its $3m target.

In a statement, Nicola Britton of GoFundMe Australia said the campaign violated its terms of service.

The statement said the company was committed to the fight for equality for LGBTQI+ people and fostering an environment of inclusivity.

“While we welcome GoFundMe’s engaging in diverse civil debate we do not tolerate the promotion of discrimination of exclusion,” it said.

At the weekend, Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle condemned Folau’s public appeal for money at the weekend.

“From our perspective, [GoFundMe] is a place where sick children get support, so it’s certainly not a strategy we think is appropriate,” Castle said.

– RNZ / ABC

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