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Referee Nigel Owens says homophobic abuse hurts others

Welsh referee Nigel Owens said he hopes the teenager who sent him a homophobic tweet can move on with his life after he showed remorse and apologised.

The tweet from Edryd James, 18, of Cynwyl Elfed, Carmarthenshire, was investigated by Dyfed-Powys Police after complaints from the public.

The teenager apologised to Mr Owens at Carmarthen police station on Wednesday.

Mr Owens told BBC Radio Wales' Sunday Supplement that he "applauded" Mr James for accepting he had made a mistake, adding it should not affect his life.

But he said homophobic abuse often hurt other people rather than the intended target.

  • 29 Mar 2015
  • From the section Wales
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