Former Ireland rugby player, Neil Francis, made some quite controversial comments about gay people on sport on Newstalk on Sunday afternoon.
On his Facebook page, rugby referee, Nigel Owens, who is himself gay, has responded to Francis' words.
Disappointing to read Neil Francis comments. Sport is for all. No matter who you are or where you’re from. Many gay people play sport at all levels. Just most have chosen not to come out and that is their choice. A choice, which should be respected. Be yourself and do what’s right for you. Lets make sport a safe and welcoming environment for all.
I have honestly been made welcome everywhere I go when officiating rugby, and that my friends I am truly grateful and humbled for. Rugby Union has shown the way. Let us hope ALL other sports can follow slowly but surely some are.