& # 39; My faith will help me through it & # 39 ;: Defiant Israel Folau reveals that he is willing to spend YEARS during the battles with Rugby Australia after plundering him for homophobic messages – while defending his GoFundMe cash grab
- The Israel Folau GoFundMe page raised more than $ 600,000 in donations
- Raised nearly $ 585,000 within days to a legal fight with Rugby Australia
- Wallabie's star was fired last month for homophobic Instagram posts
- Folau went to Instagram on Saturday evening to thank everyone for their support
The fired rugby union star Israel Folau says he will spend years fighting his legal battle with Rugby Australia after he has lost his $ 4 million contract for homophobic reports saying that homosexuals would go to hell.
On the evening of Saturday, the embarrassed Wallabies player took to Instagram and said he was in a & # 39; long and difficult fight & # 39; and would go through it to the end – no matter how long it took, and hinted that he felt comfortable using public donations. .
& # 39; Unfortunately, Rugby Australia have said they will use considerable resources to beat me in court, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; This shows that I have a long and hard fight over my hands, and therefore I ask for your support. The money that will be donated will be used to finance my legal battle, which could take years. & # 39;
Folau, 30, has been thrown out for using GoFundMe to try and raise money for his legal costs after starting legal proceedings with the Fair Work Commission against Rugby Australia, claiming up to $ 10 million in damages.
Israel Folau (pictured with his wife) thanked everyone for their support in recent days
But despite the backlash from Rugby Australia, former teammates and the general public, the devout Christian said he was certain of his choices.
& # 39; Although the attacks against me have shown that I have a big fight with my hands, I will remain strong & # 39 ;, he wrote. & # 39; Your support and my faith in Jesus Christ will give me strength. & # 39;
Folau, 30, thanked the fans for their support as public donations to his legal stoush with his former employers rise toward the $ 600,000 mark.
A GoFundMe page set up by the controversial sportswoman who calls on the public to help with his legal bills, has raised nearly $ 585,000 in just three days, despite widespread criticism.
I have been humiliated and overwhelmed by the support I have received, and I am very grateful for that, & Folau said.
& # 39; I have received thousands of messages from supporters who believe that workplace discrimination is wrong and has no place in Australia or anywhere else. & # 39;
Folau ended the post by thanking those who were unable to contribute financially, but instead sent prayers and endorsements.
Folau went to Instagram on Saturday evening to thank everyone who has donated so far
The Israel Folau Legal Action Fund (photo) raised almost $ 600,000 in just a few days
Folau shared this social media after he claimed that homosexuals would go to hell unless they & # 39; converted & # 39; – and he refused to apologize
The Instagram post led to an overwhelmingly mixed response from fans.
& # 39; You are a big part of what's wrong with this world. Sorry, & # 39; posted a person.
Another added: “Israel this struggle is not just for you, it is for all Christians and all our workplaces as it can affect everything that is the result of your struggle (sic). Your struggle is that all believers do not give up. Stand up for Jesus, we will pray. & # 39;
Rugby Australia has lubricated Folau's attempt to raise donations online.
& # 39; From our perspective (Go Fund Me) is a place where sick children get support, so it is certainly not a strategy we consider appropriate, & # 39; said chief executive Raelene Castle of Rugby Australia to Nine News on Friday.
Former Wallabies teammate Drew Mitchell also hit Folau's decision.
& # 39; YOU are in a fight that YOU chose to be in after YOU broke the terms of YOUR contract, the children below are in a fight they NEVER wanted to be in and yet YOU think YOU deserve more donations than they do ! & # 39; he tweeted.
Israel Folau has taken legal action against Rugby Australia after being fired for homophobic Instagram posts
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