Israel Folau’s Latest Move Has Raised A Lot Of Eyebrows
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Former Wallabies fullback Israel Folau has launched a GoFundMe page, asking for donations so he can battle former employers Rugby Australia in court following his contract termination.
Folau had his $4 millions contract ripped up following a disciplinary hearing with the governing body after he was found guilt of a “high-level breach” following a homophobic post on social.
The 30-year-old has says he has already spent more than €56,000 of his own money in fees fighting his case – which is is now expected to rise to millions of Australian dollars.
Folau is hoping to raise a whopping $3 million dollars in funding through public donations. As of Thursday evening, the fund had raised 763 Australian dollars from eleven donations.
“I believe the termination of my contract is unlawful, which is why I have started legal proceedings against Rugby Australia and Rugby NSW,” Folau, who also posted a video on his own website, said on GoFundMe.
“In response, Rugby Australia have already said that they will ‘divert significant resources’ to fight me in court.”
“Even if I win, Rugby Australia can appeal. There is every chance that a prominent test case like this could take years and eventually end up in the High Court of Australia.”
“My wife Maria and I have already spent over 100,000 (Australian dollars) of our own money and that was just to try and deal with Rugby Australia’s internal tribunal processes. The money I am asking for is solely to fund the rest of my action in court.”
“I know I am putting myself on the line – this action will be very costly in terms of time, money and reputation – but I do not intend to stop now.’
“I would be very grateful for your support.”