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Israel Folau says he could quit rugby ‘if God wants’ after homophobia row

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Australian rugby star Israel Folau has said he could walk away from the sport and dedicate himself to God, after declining to apologise for anti-gay comments.

In an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald at his church on Sunday (April 14), the player declined to walk back social media posts that warned gay people: “HELL AWAITS YOU.”

Rugby Australia and New South Wales Rugby have both said that they intend to terminate the player’s contract over the row, ejecting him from the Australian national team the New South Wales Waratahs.

Israel Folau: I can’t change the word of God

But asked if he regretted his comments, Folau said: “Absolutely not. I’ll stand on what the Bible says. I share it with love.

“I can see the other side of the coin where people’s reactions are the total opposite to how I’m sharing it.”

He added: “I can’t change what the word of God says.”

Irael Folau of the Waratahs looks on during the round 8 Super Rugby match between the Blues and Waratahs at Eden Park on April 06, 2019 in Auckland, New Zealand.
Irael Folau of the Waratahs looks on during the round 8 Super Rugby match between the Blues and Waratahs at Eden Park on April 06, 2019 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty)

Speaking to the newspaper, Folau said he is prepared to leave the sport if he has to.

He said: “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.

The player continued: “First and foremost, I live for God now. 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.”

The post Israel Folau says he could quit rugby ‘if God wants’ after homophobia row appeared first on PinkNews.

https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2019/04/14/israel-folau-quit-rugby-god-anti-gay-comments/

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