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Australian rugby star Folau's GoFundMe appeal shut down

SYDNEY (AP) An online donation website has shut down the page of Wallabies fullback Israel Folau, who sought to raise 3 million Australian dollars ($2.1 million) to meet the legal costs of his challenge against the termination of his contract by Rugby Australia.

GoFundMe will issue refunds to 7,000 donors who had contributed more than $520,000 in four days to Folau's cause before his online campaign was halted.

"After a routine period of evaluation, we have concluded that this campaign violates our terms of service," GoFundMe's regional manager in Australia, Nicola Britton, told the Australian Associated Press.