Gareth Thomas attacked for being gay

Image    Mr Thomas thanked the police and people of Cardiff for their support

Image Mr Thomas thanked the police and people of Cardiff for their support

Thomas spoke about the assault in a video he posted on Twitter on Sunday.

Thomas, who announced publicly in 2009 that he is gay, said: "This morning I have chose to make what I hope will be a positive video".

He also had three appearances for the British and Irish Lions in 2005, captaining two matches.

'Last night I was the victim in my home city of a hate crime for my sexuality.

Welsh rugby legend Gareth Thomas has spoken movingly about his desire for justice after being subjected to a violent hate crime.

According to BBC, a 16-year-old male was dealt with by way of restorative justice.

'There's a lot of people out there who want to hurt us.

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"It's a human right that we are allowed to be who we want to be - but within this game if you're not the stereotypical male or female we expect you to be then we're allowed to abuse you for 90 minutes".

'But unfortunately for them there are more people who want to help'. "So this I hope will be a positive message".

In a statement, South Wales Police said they were aware of Thomas' video "in relation to a hate crime which happened" in central Cardiff.

Police say a 16-year-old boy admitted assault and was 'apologetic for actions.' The incident took place on The Hayes in Cardiff city centre on Friday at 9pm.

Gareth Thomas asked the police to allow him a meeting with the homophobic teenager who attacked him and has accepted an apology from him, the sportsman said today.

The police said restorative justice was about "finding positive solutions to crime and encouraging young people to be accountable for the consequences of their actions".

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