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Folau’s netballer wife won’t face sanctions for promoting his legal fund

Adelaide Thunderbirds star Maria Folau is welcome to continue playing, the club says. Photo: Getty
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Netball star and wife of sacked Wallaby Israel Folau has been told there will be no consequences for her social media post soliciting donations to her husband’s  legal fund.

Maria Folau, who plays for Adelaide Thunderbirds in Super Netball, re-posted his plea for $3 million to fund his legal battle against Rugby Australia.

Israel Folau’s $4 million contract was torn up in May after one of his social media posts citing the Bible was deemed homophobic.

“There is no action required by the league,” a joint statement released on Sunday by Netball Australia and the Super Netball league read.

“We will continue to support Maria as a valued member of the Thunderbirds and the Suncorp Super Netball league.”

The fundraising post, republished to Maria Folau’s Instagram page on Friday, explains the couple has spent more than $100,000 on legal fees to fight the termination.

As of 2pm on Sunday, a GoFundMe page set up by Israel Folau had raised more than $645,000 of its $3 million target.

Netball South Australia chief executive Bronwyn Klei also weighed in on the controversy, defending her organisation as committed to providing an inclusive environment.

“We also believe in fairness and perspective,” she said, shortly before Folau took to the court for the Thunderbirds clash with the NSW Swifts in Adelaide on Sunday.

“Like millions of other people across Australia, Maria Folau uses her personal social media platform to share her life and beliefs with her family, friends and fans.”

Ms Klei made clear Netball SA does not endorse the post, but said the social media policy has not been contravened.

“Maria is a key member of the Thunderbirds,” she said.

“We continue to support her as we support all our players.”

-AAP