Maria Folau labels V’landys a ‘hypocrite’ over his comments on Manly Sea Eagles jersey controversy

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Israel Folau’s wife EXPLODES over the Manly Sea Eagles jersey controversy – suggesting her husband was treated like a ‘donkey’ by rugby league ‘hypocrites’

The wife of controversial athlete Israel Folau has lashed out at the NRL supremo Peter V’Landys over the Manly Sea Eagles pride jersey debacle. 

Seven first grade players have refused to play during Thursday night’s match because they would be required to wear a rainbow ‘Pride’ jersey, citing religious and cultural reasons. 

Folau – whose husband Israel was at the centre of a national controversy after he was sacked by Rugby Australia over tweets about homosexuality – weighed in on the drama on Thursday. 

Maria Folau (pictured with her husband Israel has lashed out at Australian Rugby League Commission boss Peter V’landys for his comments over the Manly Sea Eagles pride jersey debacle

‘The hypocrisy from this man and his organisation @nrl #PeterVlandys what a joke,’ Ms Folau fumed on Instagram.

The former Silver Fern netball player was fired up about comments V’Landys made about the scandal saying: ‘We’re all human beings at the end of the day. 

‘But at the same time, you have to respect the player’s religious and cultural beliefs. Those players are taking a stance, and they have every right to.’ 

Folau wanted to join the NRL last year but failed to sign a contract after an intense backlash from fans. 

Ms Folau raged on Instagram: ‘We’re all human beings at the end of the day … Umm so what’s Izzy?? (Israel) ….A donkey?’ 

Ms Folau labelled V'Landys a hypocrite and suggested her husband was treated like a donkey by the sporting commission (pictured)

Ms Folau labelled V’Landys a hypocrite and suggested her husband was treated like a donkey by the sporting commission (pictured)

Israel Folau’s career ended in 2019 after he refused to take down an Instagram post where he wrote ‘hell awaits’ homosexuals and other sinners and quoted Bible scripture. 

His Rugby Australia contract was torn up in the wake of the comments, sparking a court case and national controversy.   

Folau launched legal action against Rugby Australia and club side the Waratahs claiming his playing contract was unlawfully terminated because of his religion. 

The 33-year-old was seeking $14million in compensation but received an $8million payout in an out-of-court settlement as Rugby Australia apologised to the former Wallabies fullback in a humiliating backdown to spare the sporting body a lengthy court battle.

Israel Folau (right) career ended in 2019 after he refused to take down an Instagram post where he wrote 'hell awaits' homosexuals and other sinners and quoted Bible scripture

Israel Folau (right) career ended in 2019 after he refused to take down an Instagram post where he wrote ‘hell awaits’ homosexuals and other sinners and quoted Bible scripture

After Folau signalled his desire to join the NRL, V’landys said he would decide whether Folau would be allowed to play 

In October 2019, when V’Landys became the chairman of the Australian Rugby League Commission he shut down Folau’s NRL comeback.

‘The game is inclusive. The comments of Israel are not inclusive,’ Mr V’Landys said.   

‘When I was a kid and kids used to get bashed up because they were different, I used to go and defend them. And a lot of them, it’s because their role models or their peers made them that way.

‘With due respect to Israel, what he says, young kids listen to. He is a role model. They act on it. And when you’re a kid at school and you get bashed up because you’re different, I don’t think that’s a good thing.’ 

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