News 16 may — 22:26

Folau case as divisive as Kaepernick affair, says Hunt


 The Israel Folau social media furore has proved as divisive in Australia as Colin Kaepernick's stand against racism in the United States, according to former Wallaby Karmichael Hunt, Euronews reports.

Folau, a fundamentalist Christian and 73-test Wallaby, is awaiting sanction after being found of a "high level" breach of Rugby Australia's code of conduct for posting on social media that hell awaits "drunks, homosexuals, adulterers" and others.

A three-member panel is expected to issue a sanction on Friday after RA recommended his four-year contract be terminated.

While Folau's post sparked outrage from LGBTI groups, RA's handling of his case has angered conservative Christians and upset Wallabies players of Pacific island heritage who share the fullback's religious beliefs.

NFL quarterback Kaepernick sparked a national debate when he protested against racial injustice by kneeling during the U.S. national anthem, drawing the ire of U.S. President Donald Trump.

Hunt likened Folau's case to the Kaepernick saga in terms of the ferocity of the debate that has gripped the nation.

"This is definitely a first," Hunt, a team mate of Folau's at the New South Wales Waratahs, told reporters in Sydney on Thursday.

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