• A screenshot from the video in which Israel Folau asked for donations to fund his legal fees. (GoFundMe)Source: GoFundMe
The crowdfunding website closes the former rugby star's account saying that it breached terms and conditions.
NITV Staff Writer, Presented by

24 Jun 2019 - 11:10 AM  UPDATED 24 Jun 2019 - 11:10 AM

Israel Folau’s controversial online fundraising campaign has been shut down by GoFundMe Australia and more than $650,000 is expected to be refunded to donors.

The crowdfunding website released a statement saying that the former rugby star’s fundraiser had breached its terms and conditions.

"Today we will be closing Israel Folau’s campaign and issuing full refunds to all donors. After a routine period of evaluation, we have concluded that this campaign violates our terms of service," GoFundMe Australia regional manager Nicola Britton said.

"As a company, we are absolutely committed to the fight for equality for LGBTIQ+ people and fostering an environment of inclusivity.

"While we welcome GoFundMes engaging in diverse civil debate, we do not tolerate the promotion of discrimination or exclusion.

"In the days since Mr Folau's campaign launched, more than $1 million have been donated to hundreds of other campaigns, large and small, across Australia. Those acts of kindness are the heart of GoFundMe.

"Our platform exists to help people help others. Australians have shown themselves to be among the most kind and generous people in the world. We look forward to helping more Australians fundraise for causes they care about in the coming months and years."