Israel Folau's Instagram, Twitter Accounts Reappear On Eve Of Court Hearing
Former Wallaby Israel Folau and his controversial posts have reappeared on social media, after appearing to have been deleted the day before his hearing against Rugby Australia begins.
Folau's hearing against his sacking by Rugby Australia will begin on Tuesday at the Federal Circuit Court in Melbourne.
He was sacked by Rugby Australia in May after refusing to remove an Instagram photo he has posted, which paraphrased the bible and said queer people, among others, would go to hell.
But now, the post in question vanished -- alongside the rest of his social media presence on Monday afternoon
Both his Instagram and Twitter account disappeared less than 24 hours before his first day in court.
However, the move seems to have only been temporary, with his Instagram and Twitter reinstated on Monday night.
After failing to reach a settlement with Rugby Australia in June at a meeting at the Fair Work Commission, Folau launched legal proceedings.
Despite his multi-million dollar career earnings, Folau asked followers to donate to a GoFundMe page to cover his legal fees. After it was taking down for breaching the company's guidelines, a second GoFundMe page was set up by the Australian Christian Lobby, raising $2.2 million.
Folau is suing Rugby Australia and NSW Waratahs for $10 million in damages in lost income and opportunities and for his contract to be reinstated, claiming he was unfairly dismissed because of his religious beliefs.