Maria Folau was convicted by the ANZ bank after supporting the fundraising of her husband Israel Folau to support his legal battle against Rugby Australia.
The 32-year-old sportswoman posted an image on Instagram that asked her followers to support her husband's case & # 39;
It is intended that the multinational banking group approached the Silver Ferns of New Zealand to criticize the professional netball player for sharing a link to the fundraising page of the fired Wallabies star on Tuesday.
The bank, which is the largest sponsor of the internal netball competition in New Zealand, subsequently issued a public statement stating that the organization does not support Maria's views.
Maria Folau (pictured next to Israel) was convicted by the ANZ bank after she supported the fundraiser of her husband Israel Folau
The intention is that the multinational banking group has approached the Silver Ferns of New Zealand to criticize the professional netball player (pictured)
& # 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 media manager Stefan Herrick.
The statement was issued in spite of Maria – who also plays for the Adelaide Thunderbirds – and refrained from publicly talking about her husband's controversial Instagram feature and his subsequent resignation.
The bank has since been forced to ward off suggestions that it put pressure on Netball New Zealand.
& # 39; We appreciate our partnership with Netball NZ and any suggestion we have tried to put them under pressure is absolutely incorrect & they said.
& # 39; We will continue to support Netball NZ and the tens of thousands of participants and supporters of the game. & # 39;
HCF health insurance – which sponsors the Adelaide Thunderbirds – also contacted Netball Australia after Maria shared the fundraising link.
The organization said there was a & # 39; strong & # 39; and & # 39; clear & # 39; social media policy.
"We appreciate the complexity of the Folau issue and acknowledge that opinions differ in the community, but we do not support Maria Folau's opinion on this issue," said an HCF spokesperson, The Sunday Morning Herald reported.
The bank took the cases publicly and issued a statement explicitly stating that the organization does not support Maria's views (pictured alongside Folau)
The 32-year-old sportswoman posted a post on Instagram asking her followers to support her husband's case & # 39;
& # 39; There is no place in our society for discrimination of any kind, including gender, religion, age, race or sexual orientation. & # 39;
Netball Australia responded by stating that it & # 39; involved & # 39; was in the continuous training and development of players and that it & # 39; closely & # 39; worked with his partners.
The bank's statement comes shortly after Maria came under fire from former Australian netball player Liz Ellis.
The national player said by sharing the link to the fundraising page of her husband Maria who was involved in & # 39; homophobia & # 39 ;.
Former national netball player Liz Ellis (photo) said by sharing the link with the fundraising page of her husband Maria who was involved in & # 39; homophobia & # 39;
Ellis added that anyone who accepted homophobia & # 39; not welcome & # 39; was in sports.
& # 39; No matter how much I love watching Maria Folau playing netball, I don't want my sport to endorse her husband's beliefs, ”she said.
Netbal South Australia, however, was with Maria.
Netball South Australia, chief executive Bronwyn Klei, said it would not be fair to reprimand Maria for sharing the fundraising link – although she noted that she & # 39; determined & # 39; was to include an & # 39; inclusive & # 39; environment.
Netbal South Australia, however, was with Maria (photo) – who also plays for the Adelaide Thunderbirds
Netball New Zealand had previously issued a statement on the Instagram post of Folau (photo next to Maria)
& # 39; Although Netball SA does not approve of the transfer in any way, we do not believe that Mary has violated our social media policy & she said.
Netball New Zealand had previously issued a statement about the Instagram post of Folau.
They said that while they were aware that everyone has different views and beliefs, they said that it is & # 39; important & # 39; was to constructively & # 39; constructively & # 39; and & # 39; respectful & # 39; to express.
The different explanations are because the Australian Christian Lobby continues to raise money to support the Folau case.
The page, hosted on the lobby website, is on track to meet its $ 3 million goal to help the remaining rugby star in its legal battle against Rugby Australia.
The fundraiser was launched after the original appeal option GoFundMe was removed after it was found that it was contrary to the general terms and conditions of the organization.
The original call was active on GoFundMe for six days and raised approximately $ 765,000 before the platform suspends it for breach of the terms of service.
The new fundraising of Folau reached more than $ 1 million on Tuesday night.
Donations come in at a rate of $ 1,000 per minute, with funds that double from $ 40,000 between 6:00 AM and 7:00 AM on Tuesday
Donations come in at a rate of $ 1,000 per minute, with funds that double from $ 40,000 between 6:00 AM and 7:00 AM on Tuesday.
By 10 a.m. it had reached $ 400,000 and at 2 p.m. it exceeded $ 750,000.
The original fundraiser raised around $ 765,000
The new campaign was set up by ACL director Martyn Iles, who said his group would also donate $ 100,000 to the case.
Hundreds of supporters, angry with GoFundMe for disabling the first call, said they had doubled or tripled their donations this time.
& # 39; We gave twice what we would give, & # 39; said one.
& # 39; I have now donated more than double the amount I had previously donated & # 39 ;, another added.
& # 39; The case of Israel is our case if we want to live freely and embrace our beliefs without fear of being marginalized or discriminated against, & # 39; said Iles.
He wrote on the page: & # 39; Recently, the online fundraising platform GoFundMe closed Israel Folau's legal defense fund and turned its back on hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations.
Australian Christian Lobby director Martyn Iles (left at Folau) confirmed that the organization will start a new fund with a donation of $ 100,000
& # 39; On behalf of the Australian Christian lobby, I spoke to Israel Folau to let him know that ACL will donate $ 100,000 to his legal defense because it is good and it creates an important legal precedent.
& # 39; I also offered to host his online appeal for funds here on our website and he accepted our offer.
The Christian lobby uses Folau as a pawn to promote their right-wing agenda
Christian priest speaking to Daily Mail
& # 39; All gifts you give on this webpage are deposited into a Trust account to pay for the Israel Folau lawsuit.
& # 39; So, please give generously today to help Israel Folau stand for your religious freedom. & # 39;
The ACL, based in Canberra, has 135,000 members and tries to influence politics with Christian beliefs.
Gosford priest Rod Bower slapped the group and said it used Folau in its broader fight against gay rights.
GoFundMe announced Monday that it pulled the Folau campaign (photo) and issued full refunds to the thousands of donors
& # 39; They've been through this all the time, & # 39; he told Tuesday to Daily Mail Australia.
& # 39; He is a pawn in their game – he acted and they jumped to use it to promote his own conservative agenda.
& # 39; They try to force the government to change the law and effectively legalize homophobia. If they are successful, vulnerable people will pay. & # 39;
More than 95,000 people signed an online petition calling on GoFundMe to remove the page, stating the purpose contrary to the terms and conditions of the website.
& # 39; After a routine review period we came to the conclusion that this campaign violates our terms of service & # 39 ;, said GoFund Me regional manager Nicola Britton in a statement.
& # 39; GoFundMe is broken & # 39 ;: the Israel Folau statement completely
GoFundMe's decision to abolish Israel's fundraising campaign to support its Legal Action Fund is very disappointing.
The fundraising campaign was in line with the General Terms and Conditions of GoFundMe and with all relevant rules and regulations.
Unfortunately, GoFundMe has worked hard to make demands on the freedom of Australians to donate to his cause.
There seems to be a continuous campaign of discrimination against Israel and its supporters.
Israel Folau is very grateful to the 10,000 plus supporters who believed in good faith that their donations would contribute to his case against Rugby Australia.
Since applying for public donations to help him with his legal action against Rugby Australia, Israel and his supporters have been under fire in the media.
Furthermore, the Israeli website has been the target of what we believe was a continuing cyber attack, and there has been a deliberate attempt to blame his wife Maria for supporting her husband.
Although Israel does not intend to respond at length today to the allegations against him or his family, he would like to know that these attacks have heightened his determination.
Fortunately, several organizations have already shown interest in supporting Israel's efforts to raise money for its ongoing trial.
& # 39; As a company, we are absolutely committed to the fight for equality for LGBT people and promoting an environment of inclusiveness.
& # 39; Although we would like to see GoFund Me conduct a diverse social debate, we do not tolerate the promotion of discrimination or exclusion & she said.
Folau wanted money to fund his legal fight against Rugby Australia, which ended its $ 4 million contract in May.
He has taken legal action with the Fair Work Commission and is aiming for a maximum of $ 10 million in damages.
Folau was fired because he posted a meme on Instagram that said hell was waiting for & # 39; drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicating, thieves, atheists, and idolaters, unless they converted.
A Folau spokesperson said the decision to cancel the GoFundMe campaign was very disappointing.
& # 39; We do not tolerate discrimination & # 39 ;: GoFundMe & # 39; s statement about Folau
Today we close the Israel Folau campaign and issue full refunds to all donors. After a routine assessment period, we came to the conclusion that this campaign violates our terms of service.
As a company, we are absolutely committed to the fight for equality for LGBT people and promoting an environment of inclusiveness. Although we welcome GoFundMes as part of a diverse social debate, we do not tolerate the promotion of discrimination or exclusion.
In the time since Mr. Folau's campaign was launched, more than a million dollars have been donated to hundreds of other campaigns, large and small, throughout Australia. These acts of kindness form the heart of GoFundMe.
Our platform exists to help people help others. Australians have shown that they are among the nicest and most generous people in the world. We look forward to helping more Australians raise funds for the causes they care about in the coming months and years.
Despite being a muti-millionaire with a $ 6 million real estate portfolio, Folau asked regular Australians to pay $ 3 million for his legal costs through a GoFundMe campaign
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