– Openly gay referee Nigel Owens has welcomed the ban of two people for shouting homophobic abuse at him during England’s loss to New Zealand. The Welsh official, 43, who is the first openly-gay man to referee at the highest level, said he would be willing to meet the supporters. “I’d tell them to think twice about saying things,” Owens told BBC Radio 5 live. “They go to the stadiums, get drunk and think its fine to shout abuse.
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