Rugby fans at Twickenham accused of homophobia towards referee
Rugby fans at a recent rugby match at Twickenham have been accused of directing homophobic slurs at a referee.
Referee Nigel Owens – who is openly gay – was criticised for some of his decisions on the pitch during the game between England and New Zealand, resulting in abuse from the stands.
According to The Guardian, a number of fans have written of their disgust at the language used.
Keith Wilson, from South Yorkshire, wrote: “As a lifelong rugby fan, a straight man in his 60s, I could not believe that a bunch of men half my age watching a rugby match in the 21st century could be capable of hurling such nasty, foul-mouthed, racist, homophobic abuse at an openly gay match official.
“My equally disgusted son is in his 30s but next to him, hearing this vitriol, was a little boy. I felt ashamed.”
He added that the abusive fans would have been ejected from the stadium “if it had been a football match”, and also pointed out that many of the fans had drunk excessive amounts of alcohol prior to and during the match.