Israel Folau's controversial GoFundMe campaign has been shut down

News 24/06/2019

 

 

After having his contract terminated by Rugby Australia following a string of homophobic social media posts, Israel Folau set up a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to help pay his legal fees in what he calls 'the fight of his life.'

The 30-year-old rugby star set a goal of three million dollars and raised over $700,000 before GoFundMe removed campaign.

In a statement, GoFundMe's Australia Regional Manager
Nicola Britton said "Today we will be closing Israel Folau's campaign and issuing full refunds to all donors. After a routine period of evaluation, we have concluded that this campaign violates our terms of service."

"As a company, we are absolutely committed to the fight for equality for LGBTIQ people and fostering an environment of inclusivity. While we welcome GoFundMes engaging in diverse civil debate, we do not tolerate the promotion of discrimination or exclusion" she continued.

Folau's campaign was met with heavy criticism, and this criticism intensified when it was reported that Folau is sitting on a property portfolio worth NZ$5.8m.

Former Wallaby Clyde Rathbone made headlines after offering Folau the $3m he was asking for in exchange for a night of 'sweet love'.