Folau crowdfunding website shut down – reports

FILE PHOTO: Rugby Union - Australia Captain's Run - Twickenham Stadium, London, Britain - November 23, 2018 Australia's Israel Folau during the captain's run Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Sacked Australia fullback Israel Folau has had his crowdfunding campaign seeking A$3 million ($2.08 million) to help fund legal action against Rugby Australia shut down for breaches of the website’s terms of service, local media reported on Monday.

More than A$650,000 would be returned to donors who had contributed to Folau’s campaign, the reports said.

“After a routine period of evaluation, we have concluded that this campaign violates our terms of service,” GoFundMe Australia’s regional manager Nicola Britton told the Sydney Morning Herald in a statement.

Folau, a fundamentalist Christian, was sacked by RA and the New South Wales Waratahs for a controversial social media post and launched the crowdfunding campaign last week to pay for his appeal to the courts.

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