Gareth Thomas, former captain of the Wales worldwide rugby union crew, has acquired an apology from a youngster who attacked him for being gay.

Mr Thomas, 44, got here out as homosexual in 2009. He posted a video on Twitter on Sunday thanking the police and other people of Cardiff for supporting him following the assault.

He defined that he had determined to pursue restorative justice with the 16-year-old, which permits victims to deal with the perpetrators concerning the hurt they’ve brought about.

Mr Thomas stated he selected restorative justice relatively than urgent costs. He stated: “I believed they might be taught extra that method than some other method.”


Gareth Thomas got here out as homosexual in 2009

Mr Thomas, who’s the second highest attempt scorer in Welsh worldwide rugby union historical past, made 100 appearances for the nationwide crew between 1995 and 2007.

Explaining the incident within the video, he stated: “This morning I’ve determined to make what I hope shall be a constructive 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 constructive, is as a result of I need 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 believed they might be taught extra that method than some other method.

“Additionally to the folks 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 who need to assist us heal, so this I hope shall be a constructive message.”


Mr Thomas thanked the police and other people of Cardiff for his or her assist

In an announcement, South Wales Police stated a 16-year-old boy apologised after Mr Thomas made a grievance relating to the hate crime.

The power stated: “We’re conscious that a video has been posted on social media by former rugby worldwide Gareth Thomas in relation to a hate crime which occurred on The Hayes in Cardiff metropolis centre on Friday November 16.

“We are able to verify a neighborhood 16-year-old boy was handled by means of restorative justice following the incident at round 9pm.

“Restorative justice was on the request of Mr Thomas and accepted by the teenager who admitted assault and was apologetic for his actions.”

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