Rugby star Israel Folau has avoided any sanctions for posting that hell is God’s plan for gay people who don’t repent.

Earlier today Folau met with chief executive of Rugby Australia, Raelene Castle, and NSW Waratahs boss Andrew Hore to discuss his controversial social media usage, according to news.com.au.

While he admitted he could have conveyed his religious views in a more positive way, he has not yet given a commitment to change his social media use to fall in line with Rugby Australia policy.

“We’re proud of the fact he’s a strong believer and he’s prepared to stand up for what he believes in,” Castle told reporters.

“We want athletes in our code who are prepared to do that and that’s really important.

“But at the same time, Rugby Australia’s got a policy and position of inclusion and using social media with respect.

“So that’s where we shared stories, shared ideas, and shared positions and both of us recognise that what we want is a situation where we use our social media platforms in a respectful and positive way.”

Folau came under fire last week for the comment he made about gay people going to hell on Instagram, before posting a Bible verse on social media on Sunday suggesting he was being persecuted for the comment.

“Even Israel acknowledged that maybe he could have put a positive spin on that same message and done it in a less disrespectful way,” Castle said.

“He certainly understands that he has caused some people grief through the process.”

 

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