Wakefield fans plan Pride protests for Israel Folau visit

Wakefield chairman Michael Carter was approached by fans wanting to bring pride flags to their home season opener against Israel Folau’s Catalans next week and says they are working on “something” for the game.

The Dragons visit Belle Vue in round two, and Carter blasted the decision to enable Folau to sign for the club, saying as a Super League director he had no say in the move whatsoever.

He also said that the club will have news next week on something that will be compassed within the round two game between the clubs.

Carter said: “I don’t believe he should have been allowed in.

”Are we seen now as a safety net for anybody who has been kicked out of other competitions?

“I don’t think is the sort of advert we should be putting out for our sport. The views he holds are abhorrent and to hide behind religious beliefs is wrong.


“This is a modern world and we’ve got to be accepting of people who may not share the same views.

“We’ve got to make the world a tolerant place and I don’t think there’s any tolerance in the views he holds.

“It would have been a straight ‘no’ from me but I can’t dictate what another club’s moral standards are and I can’t dictate policy at the RFL.

“I am a director of Super League but I have had no say on this matter whatsoever.”

Wakefield open their Super League campaign with a trip to Hull KR on Friday.


  1. Let’s be sensible here.
    There is a danger that we are only inflaming matters more.
    Hopefully I F has learned to keep his thoughts to himself now.
    As a religious person there are plenty of so called Christian’s who have are not far behind I F’s views. I am big enough to not dictate what views people should have.
    After all before we condemn anyone please remember the saying He who casts the first stone.
    We all have probably done things we are not proud of and these protests themselves are only pouring oil on to the fire.
    Let’s be sensible, move on and look forward to the new season, please.

  2. “We’ve got to make the World a more tolerant place…..”

    How about practicing what you preach, and accept the World is not black and white, but many shades of grey. And whilst many opinions would be best left unsaid, that could also includes the thoughts of the director of Wakefield Rugby League Club..

    I care not for the previously expressed views of Israel Folau, and think he was incredibly naive in making them public,. However, his personal views, his religious beliefs or his political leanings are not the reason I shall be going to see him.

    I will be going to watch a World class player for his rugby ability, and to see what he can bring to SL.

  3. Are Toronto doing with Sonny Bill Williams.Doing the same as Saracens did. Salford gave young player of the year a car and got fined and points deducted. Yet Canadians seem to have separate rules.

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