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France will pay a special tribute to Gareth Thomas this weekend by wearing rainbow laces in their match against Fiji, after the Wales international was the victim of a homophobic attack.
French Rugby Federation’s vice president Serge Simon on Tuesday said that “all of French Rugby” is with him following the sickening assault.
In a video posted to his Twitter page on Sunday afternoon, Thomas appeared to have a bruised and cut face and said he had been attacked on Saturday night in the Welsh capital.
“This morning I have 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,” Thomas said on Twitter
“Why I want it to be positive: I want to say thank you to the police, who were involved and allowed me to do restorative justice to the people that did this because I thought they could learn more that way.”
“And also to the people of Cardiff who supported me and 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 who want to help us heal. So this, I hope, will be a positive message.”
Thomas played in France for three years with Toulouse from 2004.
All of French Rugby is with you regarding the homophobic molestation you’ve been victim of.
To show our support, the French rugby players will wear a rainbow shoe lace during the France – Fidji game on Saturday night.
We’re all in with you in this matter.
— Serge Simon (@DrSergeSIMON) November 20, 2018