Israel Folau declines to kneel in anti-racism protest

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    Israel Folau was at the centre of fresh controversy when he opted against taking a knee in a Super League anti-racism protest, a decision backed as a “personal choice” by his coach.

    Folau, 31, playing for Catalans Dragons, raised eyebrows at the kick-off against champions St Helens in Leeds when he remained standing while other players and officials dropped to their knees in support of the Black Lives Matter cause.

    “As a group of players and coaching staff, we spoke about it in depth and as a club we are completely against racism and all for equal opportunity,” said Dragons coach Steve McNamara.

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    “But there were some players and staff who made the decision not to take the knee.

    “That was based on personal choice, they have their own reasons for doing that, and we decided we would respect anyone’s personal choice on the matter.”

    Former Wallabies forward and Nine columnist Peter FitzSimons was among those who questioned Folau’s non-actions.


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