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Support for Gareth Thomas after city centre attack

Gareth Thomas won 100 caps and captained Wales. Credit: Twitter/Gareth Thomas

Former Welsh rugby player Gareth Thomas has been the victim of a hate crime assault in Cardiff city centre.

The rugby legend tweeted a video about the attack which happened on The Hayes in Cardiff at around 9pm on 16 November.

In the video, Thomas claims the assault was because of his sexuality - he came out as gay in 2009.

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In the video posted on Twitter, the former Wales captain has visible scratches on his cheek and forehead.

Gareth Thomas, known as 'Alfie', thanked the police for allowing him to "do restorative justice with the people who did this".

In a statement, South Wales Police confirmed a local 16-year-old boy "was dealt with by way of Restorative Justice".

They say the teenager "admitted assault and was apologetic for his actions".

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

We can confirm a local 16-year-old boy was dealt with by way of Restorative justice following the incident at around 9pm.

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

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.

A hate crime is any crime motivated by hostility on the grounds of race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or transgender identity.

Hate crime has no place in society and has always been a priority for South Wales Police.

– South Wales Police Spokesperson

In what he called a "positive video," Alfie also thanked "the people of Cardiff" for their "support and help" following the assault.

LGBT charity Stomewall Cymru said the attack is "unacceptable."

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Support poured in for the former Lions player from big names in the world of rugby.

Rugby referee Nigel Owens said Gareth is a 'brave man' but there's still a 'long way to go' to prevent hate crime in sports and society:

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Sports stars from Wales also offered their support.

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