Bundee Aki has apologised for accidentally 'liking' Israel Folau's homophobic post on social media and claimed he did not pay full attention to the content.
Folau, a devout Christian, said on his Instagram account that "hell awaits" for "drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, idolators".
Both Rugby Australia and the New South Wales Waratahs have vowed to terminate his contract over the posts, which were publicly supported by Saracens' Billy Vunipola.
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Ireland centre Aki however moved to distance himself from the remarks, which he fully condemned.
"I just want to address that I mistakenly liked Israel Foloau's post without paying any attention to the content," he wrote in an Instagram post.
"When I realised what the post was about I immediately unliked it straight away, as it does not reflect my views as a Christian.
"Yes I do believe in God but my belief is that he is a God of kindness, peace and loves people in all aspects.
"I have family members, friends, and I have worked with many people who are gay and I have nothing but love and respect for every one of them.
"I do want to apologise for any confusion or offence this may have caused anyone, and I will pay more attention to what I 'like' in future."