Former Wales worldwide Gareth Thomas has revealed he was the sufferer of a homophobic assault in Cardiff metropolis centre.

Thomas, who turned the primary skilled rugby union participant to come back out as homosexual in 2009, posted a video message on Twitter with cuts, bruises and swelling across the left facet of his face and head.

He didn’t reveal many particulars in regards to the assault in The Hayes on Saturday evening however defined that he was the sufferer of a “hate crime”, earlier than thanking the police and native individuals who provided their assist. 

“This morning I’ve determined to make what I hope might be a constructive video,” mentioned Thomas, who earned 100 caps for Wales and scored 200 factors. “Final evening I used to be the sufferer in my house metropolis of a hate crime for my sexuality.

“Why I would like it to be constructive [is] as a result of I need to say thanks to the police who have been concerned, who have been very useful and allowed me to do restorative justice with the individuals who did this as a result of I although they might be taught extra that manner than another manner.

“And in addition to the individuals of Cardiff who supported me and helped me, as a result of there are lots of people on the market who need to harm us however sadly for them there are much more that need to assist us heal. So this, I hope, might be a constructive message.”

South Wales Police later confirmed that a 16 year-old boy had admitted the assault and apologised to Mr Thomas, who had requested that the matter be handled utilizing “restorative justice” somewhat than urgent fees.

“We are able to verify a neighborhood 16-year-old boy was handled by the use of restorative justice following the incident,” the power mentioned in an announcement. 

“Restorative justice is about placing sufferer wants on the centre of the legal justice system, discovering constructive options to crime and inspiring younger individuals to be accountable for the implications of their actions.”

South Wales Police added that “hate crime has no place in society and has all the time been a precedence.”

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