Gareth Thomas: 'I have been the victim of a hate crime'

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The former centre, who captained both Wales and the British & Irish Lions, became the first openly gay professional rugby player when he spoke out about his sexuality.

In a video posted on social media, Thomas, appearing with bruising around his left eye and head, described how he was assaulted in Cardiff on Saturday night.

We are aware that a video has been posted on social media by former rugby worldwide Gareth Thomas in relation to a hate crime which happened on The Hayes in Cardiff city centre on Friday November 16.

Thomas, who revealed that he is gay in 2009, says he was attacked because of his sexuality.

'I want to say thank you to the police who were involved and allowed me to do restorative justice to the people who did this.

South Wales Police has confirmed that have spoken to a 16-year-old boy in connection with the incident, which happened at around 9pm on The Hayes on Saturday.

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

"There are an bad 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".

His video was met with hundreds of messages from people supporting. "So this I hope will be a positive message".

In a statement, South Wales Police said a 16-year-old boy apologised after Mr Thomas made a complaint regarding the hate crime.

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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