He continued: "Some fans are not ready. When it happened in rugby with the Welsh player [Gareth Thomas], people respected the situation. The fans respected his decision. In football, the culture is different. It can be very personal, very nasty, particularly for players from the opposition team. The year-old, who has started each of the first four games for Arsenal this Premier League season at right-back, has deleted his Twitter account.
Championship Footballer Set to Come Out as Gay While Jim White Confirms 'Correspondence' | 90min
Openly gay Leeds United director David Haigh says players confided in him - and he believes clubs could benefit commercially if stars come out. He was openly gay during a spell as Leeds United MD in and says many homosexual players confided in him as a result. Mr Haigh was openly gay with board members and fans at Elland Road, and says many gay players confided in him as a result. They are still playing, in the Premier League, and the Championship.
Championship Footballer Set to Come Out as Gay While Jim White Confirms 'Correspondence'
Homosexuality in English football is sometimes said to be a taboo subject by both players and the media. Some, such as Peter Clayton, who chairs the FA's "Homophobia in Football" working group have argued that clubs prevent players from " coming out " as footballers have an increasing commercial market value which may be damaged. Homosexuality in England and Wales but not Scotland or Northern Ireland was decriminalised in , leading to a more liberal public attitude.
Please refresh the page and retry. A trailblazer, an icon, a hero and idol to millions, and one of the most in-demand men ever to play football. Or a victim of abuse, threats, harassment, and potentially much worse in a game painfully slow to embrace change. That coincided with a report that a Premier League star wants to come out as gay but his club, while supportive, are worried about a backlash from fans and impact on their season and have told him not to go public without their blessing. A tkin was among those followed by FootballerGay on Twitter after the account first appeared at the turn of the month.