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Argentinian rugby player suffers injuries in "homophobic attack"

Gay rugby player recovering after injuries he received in a homophobic attack.
Photo credit:
Jonathan Castellari - Twitter

A gay rugby player in Argentina is recovering after allegedly being a victim of a brutal "homophobic attack.”

New Now Next reports that Jonathan Castellari was buying breakfast with a friend in Buenos Aires when seven men beat him and allegedly made homophobic insults at the athlete.

His friend Augustina Vivero was with Castellari in the hospital and posted photos of the aftermath which included a fractured eye.  

“Today at 6 am, a group attacked my friend to within an inch of his life, shouting ’Fa**ot’ and ’F**king faggot,” Vivero wrote in Spanish. “It came just days after we were celebrating Gay Pride. He doesn’t know how many stitches he will need and they need to operate after a fracture in some part of his eye. Everything hurts.”

Castellari is a team member of Ciervos Pampas Rugby Club, an organization that fights discrimination against the LGBT community using sports.

The team would like police to pursue their investigation as a hate crime, the club is calling it a “homophobic attack.”