The French rugby staff will put on rainbow laces throughout their match this weekend in help of former Wales captain Gareth Thomas.

The 44-year-old, who got here out as homosexual in 2009, was the sufferer of a homophobic assault in Cardiff on Saturday evening.

Thomas selected to pursue restorative justice moderately than press costs towards a 16-year-old-boy, saying he “thought they might study extra that manner than some other manner”.

Serge Simon, vice-president of the French rugby federation, has since revealed his nation’s nationwide aspect will make a gesture of help to Thomas throughout their recreation towards Fiji on Saturday evening.

He advised Thomas on Twitter: “All of French Rugby is with you concerning the homophobic molestation you’ve got been sufferer of.

“To indicate our help, the French rugby gamers will put on a rainbow shoe lace throughout the France – Fiji recreation on Saturday evening.

“We’re all in with you on this matter.”

Since 2013, charity Stonewall has been operating the Rainbow Laces marketing campaign to assist guarantee all lesbian, homosexual, bisexual and trans individuals can take pleasure in and be part of sport.

Prime rugby and soccer golf equipment throughout the UK have taken half within the initiative.

Thomas, who’s the second highest strive scorer in Welsh worldwide rugby union historical past, made 100 appearances for his nation between 1995 and 2007.

He additionally spent three seasons enjoying for French membership aspect Toulouse throughout his profession.

Following Saturday evening’s assault, Thomas posted a video on Twitter.

He stated: “This morning I’ve determined to make what I hope might be a optimistic video. Final evening I used to be the sufferer in my residence metropolis of a hate crime for my sexuality.

“Why I need it to be optimistic, is as a result of I wish to say thanks to the police who have been concerned and have been very useful and allowed me to do restorative justice with the individuals who did this, as a result of I assumed they might study extra that manner than some other manner.

“Additionally to the individuals of Cardiff who supported me and helped me, as a result of there are lots of people on the market who wish to damage us, however sadly for them there are much more who wish to assist us heal, so this I hope might be a optimistic message.”

Sky Sports activities is a member of TeamPride – a consortium of 10 firms dedicated to creating sports activities everybody’s recreation – and in addition helps the Rainbow Laces marketing campaign.

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