Episode 1136: It’s Roma Romance For Liverpool, Juve Jerks, CR7 Leader Of Men, Israel Folau Storm in Aussie Rugby, Italian Twitter’s Favourite Son
We talked to Australia’s rugby coach Michael Cheika a couple of weeks back, and he spoke forcefully about his desire to create a very special culture in his team. But in recent days, the Australian Rugby Union has been embroiled in a firestorm over comments made on Instagram by their best player Israel Folau.
Great piece of writing, and analysis, by Georgina Robinson @geerob
Heaven and hell: the dilemma Israel Folau presents Rugby Australia https://t.co/zpAZqm39cF via @smh
— Peter FitzSimons (@Peter_Fitz) April 5, 2018
Specifically he was asked on Instagram what was God’s plan for gay people, before Folau, an evangelical Christian, responded – “Hell… Unless they repent of their sins and turn to God.”
Tattoos, shaving, wearing mixed fibres, working on the Sabbath & playing with pig skin are big no no’s too, just sayin’. https://t.co/N3eXKSiVeR
— Ivan Hinton-Teoh (@IvanHinton) April 4, 2018
We speak to Matt Williams and Australian sports journalist Rohan Connolly about the reaction in Australia, the lack of a response from the Australian Rugby Union, and the thorny issue of sports bodies policing people’s religious beliefs.
This is incredible. Look how many times Juventus’ players attempt to put Cristiano Ronaldo off and damage the penalty spot.
He doesn’t react until he’s running off after winning the game.pic.twitter.com/EwikM77Qpe
— Jordan Clarke (@FourFourJordan) April 12, 2018
We also cover the Champions League draw, CR7 leader of men, Liverpool fans delight at drawing Roma, and there’s a backlash to the backlash against Michael Oliver on Italian Twitter.
Messi and Cristiano’s reactions to the goals they conceded against Juve and Roma. Cristiano’s a proper leader of men. pic.twitter.com/jYI7aIWbCv
— A. (@KaizerT8_) April 13, 2018
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