Referee Nigel Owens has received a face-to-face apology from the teenager who sent him a homophobic tweet after England’s recent Six Nations game with France.
Edryd James, 18, apologised to Mr Owens for the offence he had caused at a meeting held at Carmarthen Police Station.
The Swansea University student is suspected of posting: “Your a gay c*** awful performance against france tonight, how did england top Wales?”
The comment sparked hundreds of replies in which rugby fans said it was disgraceful and voiced their support for Mr Owens.
The meeting was part of an Adult Community Resolution project, which allows victims to be involved in deciding how the offender can be dealt with by choosing from a list of out-of-court options.
Mr James also posted an apology on Twitter, which read: “After yesterday’s events, I am deeply ashamed that a drunken childish challenge went out of hand. I apologize sincerely @Nigelrefowens.”
He also 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.”