Catalans kit partner distance themselves from Israel Folau comments

Catalans’ official kit partners O’Neills have issued a statement distancing themselves from comments made by the club’s new signing Israel Folau.

Folau, 30, has dominated the headlines this week after he penned a controversial move to Catalans and Super League.

It has caused outrage following his comments that hell awaits homosexuals, amongst others.

As the official apparel supplier for Catalans Dragons we wish to place on record that O’Neills Irish International…

Posted by O'Neills Sportswear on Thursday, January 30, 2020

A statement said: “As the official apparel supplier for Catalans Dragons we wish to place on record that O’Neills Irish International Sports Company Ltd does not share the beliefs expressed by club signing Israel Folau.

“The comments by Mr. Folau do not represent the values that we stand for as a company, where we prioritise inclusion and diversity.

“We are committed to supporting the LGBTQ+ community, including our employees and customers, and believe that everyone should be treated fairly and without discrimination in matters of race, sexual orientation and religious beliefs.”

O’Neills are in their second season as kit partners of Catalans, who had previously been with ISC since 2010.

They currently supply Huddersfield and Warrington in Super League, as well as Newcastle and Penrith in the NRL.

22 Comments

  1. Can’t be inclusive and go or diversity if you don’t include his views about homosexuals!! Typical use of these words but no real meaning to it. Sham on you.

    • Such BS comments these – that people who stand up for inclusivity and diversity shouldn’t criticize Folau. You have to take a stance against discrimination. His attitudes, beliefs and words are dangerous and have no place in a progressive and modern society.

  2. They distance themselves from IF’s comments,support LGBTQ”s etc, etc, yet state that no-one should be discriminated against because of race, sexual orientation and religious beliefs.
    ODD.

    • Plenty of religious folk out there who don’t hold such bigoted views as he does. That’s the problem-people spout bile, then use religion to hide behind it. It’s not a religious belief, it’s a personal one.

    • Not odd at all, they are still supplying his kit. All they have said is that his condemnation of homosexuality is at odds with them. Free speech, does not mean you can actively initiate persecution if others, free of repercussions.

  3. Well this has got legs…..
    He’s now got to keep his beliefs to himself and let’s get on with the rugby…. What’s done is done and what he said is wrong so re-educate not castigate…

    • What he said isn’t WRONG. It’s his belief and opinion. And you are entitled to your own. Surprising as it may seem you don’t have to share the same opinion as everyone else, and choosing to not associate with or do business with someone on the basis of their opinion is in stark contrast to the woke claim of diversity these companies preach

  4. My club will no longer be buying kit and gear from O’Neills with this hypocritical statement. They will likely lose a lot of customers from clubs that support the Christian faith.
    Appeasement to a tiny minority is all this is and it’s getting out of hand!

  5. Is that not just the Cristian way, they have principles until their priories change ? For IFs the motivator has always been money. His religious freedom does not include his right to spread hate about any one else he does not like or are different to him.

  6. A message from the Bible is that wrong?? Get over it narrow minded people.
    Go Izzy,thank you for standing on the Word of God ?? AMEN

  7. If you believe in inclusiveness,tolerance of religious beliefs, why castigate him for his?? Double standard.. Practice what you preach..

  8. My club will no longer be buying kit and gear from O’Neills with this hypocritical statement. They will likely lose a lot of customers from clubs that support the Christian faith.
    Appeasement to a tiny minority is all this is and it’s getting out of hand!

  9. HE HAS NOT DISCRIMINATED AGAINST LGBTI COMMUNITY…HE JUST QUOTED THE BIBLE…..WHICH ALSO SAID THEY AND ALL SINNERS CAN REPENT TO AVOID GOING TO HELL…..NONE OF THIS HAS ANYTHING TO DO WITH PLAYING RUGBY….LEAVE HIM ALONE

  10. Earlier this month, Folau suggested the bushfires that have ripped through the country were a “little taste of God’s judgment”.

    “Look how rapid these bushfires, these droughts, all these things have come, in a short period of time,” Folau told members of his church. “You think it’s a coincidence or not? God is speaking to you guys. Australia, you need to repent.”

    Say no more. You can have him.

  11. I find it offensive that a person is banned and cascated for his religious beliefs yet cheats are lauded as hero’s. irrispective of your views on his comments, this cannot be acceptable.

  12. It’s no wonder this Irish company is trying to put as much distance as possible between itself and Folau. Israel Folau is an extremist Protestant. The famous hate list includes “idolaters”, which is extremist Protestant code for “Catholics”. Cuddling up to anyone like Folau is not the way to win friends and influence people in countries like Ireland, France and Spain. Especially when Folau’s crazy little church publicly slags off Catholicism (“synagogue of Satan”, “masked devil worship”). It’s ironic that Folau’s demonisation of gays is the excuse which this firm, among others, uses to cut itself off from Folau when a much bigger body of potential customers is what they’re really worried about.

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