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GoFundMe takes down fundraising effort by Christian rugby player sacked for posting Bible verse

Israel Folau, a Tongan-Australian Christian athlete sacked by Rugby Australia for posting a Bible verse about salvation, was targeted again for his religious beliefs, he says.

This time, the 30-year-old unrivaled rugby star was axed by fundraising platform GoFundMe after raising more than $760,000 in legal fees.

Folau was forced to end his rugby career in May with the Waratahs and Wallabies after posting a picture on Instagram saying “Hell awaits you!” with a list of sinners, including “homosexuals, adulterers, liars” and then said they must repent to Jesus to be saved.

Posting Bible verses and Christian messages is something the star rugby fullback had been doing on the platform since 2012. But that mid-April post was labeled anti-gay by the RA, which found he violated behavior standards “including respectful use of social media,” and said gave them “no choice” but to sack him.

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