UK rugby star Gareth Thomas said on
Sunday that he was the victim of a homophobic attack in Cardiff,
Thomas, who came out publicly as gay in
2009 and retired from sport in 2011, posted a video on social media
in which he discussed the incident.
“I was the victim in my home city of
a hate crime for my sexuality,” said Thomas, who appeared to have a
bruised and cut face.
“There are an awful lot of people out
there who want to hurt us, but unfortunately for them there is a lot
more who want to help us heal so this I hope will be a positive
message,” he added.
According to The
Guardian, South Wales police confirmed the attack, saying
that a 16-year-old boy admitted and apologized for the assault.
“We can confirm a local 16-year-old
boy was dealt with by way of restorative justice following the
incident at around 9pm,” the police said in a statement.
“Restorative justice was at the request of Mr. Thomas and accepted
by the teenager who admitted assault and was apologetic for his
Thomas has been outspoken about making
sport more inclusive.