'Being persecuted': Margaret Court throws fuel on Israel Folau fire

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A date for the hearing will be decided when three independent panel members are agreed upon by Rugby Australia, the Rugby Union Players' Association and Folau's representation.

It was last Thursday when RA first announced its intention to sack the three-times John Eales Medal victor after Folau made public two religious posts attacking, among others, gay and transgender people. Drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, idolators.

Speaking after church Sunday, Folau said he would not apologize for the Bible-centric social media posts on Instagram and Twitter and would be content walking away from rugby.

Last week, Australian rugby league's governing body ruled out Folau returning to the National Rugby League.

"I share it [the social media post] with love". The 30-year-old said in a social media post that "hell awaits" gay people.

Last year, the rugby star was also in the center of an anti-gay rant after stating that gay people will go to hell "unless they repent of their sins and turn to God".

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"When people do cross that line of what is acceptable and what is not - particularly within the position of influence - then you have to take responsibility, I believe, for your actions".

"As a code we have made it clear to Israel formally and repeatedly that any social media posts or commentary that is in any way disrespectful to people due to their sexuality will result in disciplinary action".

"What he's saying isn't that he doesn't like or love those people".

He also quoted Galatians 5:19-21: "Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these, adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God". "The player has been formally warned about his future conduct".

The fallout has been felt in the northern hemisphere after England number eight Billy Vunipola offered support for his view on his own Instagram account, resulting in a formal warning from the Rugby Football Union. "My intention was never to cause suffering".

The Telegraph reported Qutami will argue Folau's freedom for religious expression at the hearing expected to be held at the end of April. "This is deeply personal and does not represent the views of my team".

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