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Referee Nigel Owens meets man who sent homophobic tweet

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Image caption Nigel Owens officiated England's 55-35 Six Nations victory over France at Twickenham on Saturday

Referee Nigel Owens has received a face-to-face apology from the teenager who sent him a homophobic tweet after England's Six Nations game with France.

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.

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesman said: "We will not tolerate discrimination of any kind. He realises his mistake."

The meeting was part of an Adult Community Resolution project, which is a way of resolving crimes.

It allows victims to be involved in deciding how the offender can be dealt with by choosing from a list of out-of-court options.

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Image caption The apology was posted on Twitter by Edryd James

Mr James also posted an apology on Twitter on Monday and tweeted Mr Owens directly to say: "Sorry pal".

Earlier, Mr Owens tweeted his followers to say: "Thanks for all ur support. The winner this weekend was rugby its players & genuine supporters."

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