Welsh rugby legend Gareth Thomas attacked by teenage boy, police confirm
A 16-year-old boy has admitted assaulting Welsh rugby legend Gareth Thomas.
Thomas took to social media on Sunday morning to confirm he was the victim of a homophobic attack in Cardiff after Wales’ win over Tonga.
The 44-year-old became the first openly gay professional rugby union player when he came out as gay in 2009.
Thomas was visibly shaken in the video, sporting cuts to his head and face.
South Wales Police confirmed a 16-year-old had been dealt with "by way of restorative justice" after the incident, which happened at around 9pm on Saturday.
Police said the teen admitted assault and was apologetic for his actions, while restorative justice was at the request of Mr Thomas.
A South Wales Police statement read: "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.
"Hate crime has no place in society and has always been a priority for South Wales Police.
Wales Online reports Thomas declined to elaborate on the incident.
In the footage on his social media account, he said: "This morning [Sunday] I decided to make what I hope will be a positive video.
"Last night I was the victim in my home city of a hate crime for my sexuality.
"Why I want it to be positive because I want to say thank you to the police who were involved and have allowed me to do restorative justice with the people who did this because I thought they could learn more this way than any other way.
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"And also to the people of Cardiff who supported me 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 that want to help us heal. So this, I hope, will be a positive message."
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