Israel Folau issues new statement as team-mate, fans and media rip him to shreds
In a fresh statement, Israel Folau has revealed he is prepared to continue his fight against Rugby Australia for years to come and has hit back at criticism of his decision to launch a public appeal for money.
Should Folau win, it has been reported it could bankrupt Rugby Australia, with the Sydney Morning Herald claiming he’s seeking a $10 million pay-out.
Folau has been ripped apart since by former teammates and by sections of the Australian media.
YOU are in a fight that YOU chose to be in after YOU broke the terms of YOUR contract, the kids below are in a fight they NEVER wanted to be in & yet YOU think YOU deserve donations more than they do??!!
— Drew Mitchell (@drew_mitchell) June 21, 2019
Israel Folau’s new statement in full
“Thank you to all those who have given to my Legal Action Fund so far.
“I am humbled and overwhelmed by the support I have received, for which I am very grateful.
“Unsurprisingly, I have been criticised by Rugby Australia and some sections of the media overnight.
“I decided to take legal action when Rugby Australia terminated my employment contract and ended my playing career after I expressed my religious beliefs on social media.
“I have received thousands of messages from supporters who believe discrimination in the workplace is wrong and has no place in Australia or anywhere else.
“Sadly, Rugby Australia have said that they will devote significant resources to fight me in court.
“This shows I have a long and hard battle on my hands, which is why I am asking for your support.
“The money that is donated will be used to fund my legal battle, which could take years.
“While the attacks against me have shown I have a big fight on my hands, I will stand strong.
“Your support and my faith will give me strength.
“For those of you who have chosen to donate within your capacity, I am very grateful of your support for my legal case.
“For those not in the position to donate, I value your prayers and messages of support so much.
“Every little bit will help.”