RELEASED: Why netball player Maria Folau was not punished for supporting her husband's legal fight at the anti-gay stop
- Netball Australia said that Maria Folau has not violated any social media policy
- Folau shared her husband's controversial message and approved his GoFundMe page
- Folau will continue to play ball games for both Australia and New Zealand
Netball Australia has announced Adelaide Thunderbirds star hooter Maria Folau and will not receive any punishment for supporting her husband's controversial beliefs in Israel.
Some critics had called on to punish Folau for supporting her husband and former Wallabies star Israel in his legal battle against Rugby Australia after being fired in May for his social media reports.
The rugby star created a GoFundMe page to raise money for his legal battle against Rugby Australia and his wife shared his message on her own Instagram account.
Netball Australia, Netball New Zealand and the Adelaide Thunderbirds said that Folau's promotion of her husband's GoFundMe page did not violate their social media policies, so no punishment would be imposed.
Maria Folau (photo) playing target shooter for the Adelaide Thunderbirds and the Silver Ferns from New Zealand, will not be fired from the teams after supporting her husband's controversial views
Lisa Alexander, coach of the Australian national team the Diamonds, said there was no option to remove Folau from the team, but insisted that the sport was inclusive.
& # 39; We are not the sport related to Israel – Rugby Australia – but we have made it very clear that we are an inclusive sport and that we want everyone to enjoy our game, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, the whole story, & Alexander told The Australian.
Alexander said the problem & # 39; complicated & # 39; and that there was much more at stake than the integrity of the sport.
& # 39; It's a bigger problem than sport and that's what sometimes misses the point with everyone & # 39 ;, said Alexander.
Folau (pictured with her husband Israel) came under fire after sharing her husband's message about his GoFundMe page that raised money for his legal battle against Rugby Australia
& # 39; It's not just about the sport. It is contractual, it is legal, there is also a moral dilemma side of things. & # 39;
Netbal New Zealand, where Folau plays the shooter for the national team, Silver Ferns, said no policy had been violated due to the controversial function and their priority was to take care of Maria.
Not everyone was happy with the decision with the former Australian korfball icon Liz Ellis who closes the lack of consequences.
& # 39; Not good enough. What about this: there is no room for homophobia in our game. Anyone who seems to support or approve of homophobia is not welcome, & Ellis tweeted.
& # 39; As much as I love watching Maria Folau play netball, I don't want my sport to support her husband's beliefs. & # 39;
Former Australian netball player Liz Ellis closed the decision and said on Twitter that those who support homophobia are not welcome & # 39; to be
ANZ, one of the biggest sponsors of korfball, also criticized Folau's message, saying that they did not support her or her husband's beliefs.
& # 39; We do not support the views of Silver Fern Maria Folau and have made our views known to its employer Netball NZ, & # 39; said ANZ in a statement.
& # 39; But we will continue to support Netball NZ and the tens of thousands of participants and supporters of the game. & # 39;
Maria Folau has kept quiet about this and plays for the Silver Ferns in the Netball World Cup in England on Friday.
Netball Australia and Netball New Zealand said that Folau's message did not violate any social media policy and allowed her to continue playing
Israel's controversial post quoted a biblical passage in which homosexuals – and other sinners such as athiests and fornicators – would go to hell if they did not repent.
His GoFundMe page was removed by the fundraising site, but a new call was made by the Australian Christian Lobby, who raised even more money than the original campaign.
The new campaign raised more than $ 2 million from 20,000 donors in just two days, while the website now paused the fundraiser.
The page still encourages people to pledge their support for Israel Folau.
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