'There was no intention to hurt anyone': Billy Vunipola on his social media saga
England and Saracens star Billy Vunipola has spoken further about his controversial support for Israel Folau.
The 26-year-old was a key part of Saracens’ Champions Cup semi-final win over Munster, putting the icing on the cake with a 72nd minute try in his man-of-the-match performance.
Vunipola, who was previously issued a formal warning by the RFU for a homophobic social media post, opened up about the saga after the match.
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So this morning I got 3 phone calls from people telling me to ‘unlike’ the @izzyfolau post. This is my position on it. I don’t HATE anyone neither do I think I’m perfect. There just comes a point when you insult what I grew up believing in that you just say enough is enough, what he’s saying isn’t that he doesn’t like or love those people. He’s saying how we live our lives needs to be closer to how God intended them to be. Man was made for woman to pro create that was the goal no? I’m not perfect I’m at least everything on that list at least at one point in my life. It hurts to know that. But that’s why I believe there’s a God. To guide and protect us and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Following the post, Vunipola has copped boos whenever he has touched the ball in appearances against the Bristol Bears and now Munster.
However while Vunipola doubled-down on his stance he reiterated that he had never intended to cause anyone pain.