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Wales Legend Gareth Thomas Says He Suffered Homophobic Attack

Wales Legend Gareth Thomas Says He Suffered Homophobic Attack
By PJ Browne Updated

Former Wales rugby captain, Gareth Thomas, has said that he suffered a homophobic attack in Cardiff.

Thomas, who won 100 caps for Wales and three for the Lions, came out as gay in 2009.

"This morning I've decided to make what I hope will be a positive video," said the 44-year-old in a video posted to Twitter.

"Last night I was the victim, in my home city, of a hate crime for my sexuality.

"Why I want it [the video] to be positive is because I want to say thank you to the police who were involved and were helpful and allowed me to do restorative justice with the people who did this, because I think they can learn more that way than any other way.

"And also to the people of Cardiff who supported me and helped me because there's a lot of people out there who want to hurt us.

"But unfortunately for them, there's a lot more who want to help us heel. So this I hope will be a positive message."

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According to BBC, a 16-year-old male was dealt with by way of restorative justice.

"Restorative justice was at the request of Mr Thomas and accepted by the teenager who admitted assault and was apologetic for his actions," said South Wales Police in a statement.

"Restorative justice is about putting victim needs at the centre of the criminal justice system, finding positive solutions to crime and encouraging young people to be accountable for the consequences of their actions.

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"Hate crime has no place in society and has always been a priority for South Wales Police."

Picture credit: Sportsfile

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