Ex-Super League and rugby union star Gareth Thomas ‘told to die’ after being accused of horrific allegation

Former Super League and rugby union star Gareth Thomas has took to social media to launch a staunch defence of himself and his character after serious allegations arose from his former partner.

Thomas, who played 31 games for the Celtic Crusaders towards the back end of his sporting career, has said he has been accused of spreading AIDS following a bitter legal dispute with his former partner.

Thomas wrote on Twitter: “After being blackmailed for £250,000 and a media witch hunt to expose my HIV status, three years ago I was forced to tell the world that I was living with HIV. Now for those very same reasons I am forced to come forward again today.

“Since the meritless allegations surfaced, I have endured a challenging torrent of abuse both online and in person. I’ve been spat at in the street, called a f*king AIDS spreader, told I should be locked up, that I should die, and much worse.

“That being said, I also feel extremely fortunate and I want to thank people for the incredible wave of support they have shown me both personally and professionally at this time. It has been empowering.

“I am proud of who I am. I am far from perfect, but I am also far from the person I’m accused of being.

“I am comfortable in my position and my defence speaks for itself. I will continue to fight these allegations and proudly continue my advocacy work undeterred with the same passion as always.”

It’s a horrendous situation to face for the former Crusaders man who played for the Welsh club in Super League in 2010 and 2011.

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