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New Folau fundraising page raises $1.5m in 24 hours

The Australian athlete is asking for donations to fund a legal challenge after he was sacked by Rugby Australia for a social media post about sin and hell.

In it he listed a variety of sinners, including homosexuals, suggesting they need to repent.

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His bosses claimed he breached the player's code of conduct and terminated his AUS $5m contract.

Last week, he launched a page on the Go Fund Me website but it was shut down on Monday with all donations refunded after the site claimed his campaign violated its terms of service.

In a statement, Folau's support team said: "There appears to be a continuing campaign of discrimination against Israel and his supporters."

Following on from the collapse of his fundraising drive, campaign group Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) picked up the mantle offering him AUS $100,000 and hosting a new fundraising page.

At the time of writing, he'd already collected over AUS $1.5m.

Martyn Iles, ACL managing director, said he wanted to help as it was "right and it sets an important legal precedent".

Folau says he needs the money as he's prepared to fight his religious discrimination case to the highest court in Australia.

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