SYDNEY – Australia star Israel Folau's future and his participation in the Rugby World Cup were called into doubt Thursday as Wallabies sponsor Qantas joined a chorus of outrage at his latest homophobic rant.
The airline, whose CEO Alan Joyce is openly gay, said Folau's social media post claiming “Hell awaits” gays was “really disappointing”.
The comments “clearly don't reflect the spirit of inclusion and diversity that we support”, Qantas said.
Folau, who last weekend became Super Rugby's all-time top try-scorer, is considered crucial for the Wallabies' hopes at this year's World Cup in Japan.
But his extreme religious views have repeatedly rankled with supporters and the game's governing bodies.