Nigel Owens of Wales has applauded an English rugby fan who blew the whistle on alleged fascist and homophobic abuse directed at him whilst he refereed the England verses the New Zealand rugby international at Twickenham on Saturday 8th November 2014.
Owens who came out as gay in 2007 said he was unaware of any comments from the 82,233 crowd at the time, but the matter was raised as an issue in a letter to a national newspaper from a fan Keith Wilson who was attending the game.
Mr Wilson spoke of his disgust at what he says he heard from a small section of the Twickenham crowd as News Zealand battled to a 24-21 victory.
“As a 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, homophobic abuse at an openly gay match official,” wrote Mr Wilson.
No comment from the RFU on this matter has yet be made available.