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Homosexuality within the game: Is change liable?

Thursday 12th January 2017
Will a player "come out" is a risqué question, that's grossed with the same questionable misogynistic details that sometimes harbour the females who play the sport.

Fifa would let you know that they fully rebuke ‘acts against racism,' and have worked tirelessly to disband discrimination within their jurisdiction when it comes to football. Defining ‘discrimination' within their jurisdiction should also include homosexual players, or does it? A semi–professional player who goes by the name of Liam Davis – who played for Cleethorpes Town, came out three years ago and is still seen to be the only openly gay player in the game so far.

This has to be a complete farce by statistics alone: if statistics will tell you that one in ten people are gay, then one player within each team of 20+ players is more than a possibility. However, predictions and statistics mean nothing right now, and even with the FA chairman Greg Clark stating:

"Footballers should reveal their sexuality at the same time – rather than individually – to take away the focus from one player"'

It still remains to be seen if that is the way forward. Clubs like Manchester City and Chelsea have taken to wearing laces and armbands to support gay rights, and this means that the Premier League is, at last trying to embrace the change.

Do you remember Thomas Hitzlsperger ? He was a good player. Dedicated to the game, with a good track record of playing for West Ham, Aston Villa and Everton. He went on to talk about the publicity and attention that came his way when he did come out and realised what it would be like for a Premier League player

Knowing what happened to me as a Conference North player, I can only imagine what the public attention would be towards a Premier League star. It would be 10, 20 times greater.” - Liam Davis

The anti- machismo that comes with being the stereotypical ‘gay male' is probably a hard pill to swallow for some players; firstly, theirs the fans - known to be the voice - behind the taunts, cheers, and support of players. If it wasn't for the fans there would be no real money in football would there?

Hitzlsperger says quite rightly that:

“Fighting spirit, passion, and winning mentality are intrinsically linked, that doesn't fit the cliché: gays are soft.”

Other players who came out during these past years have been, David Testo, Robbie Rogers, Anton Hysen, Thomas Berling, Jonathan De Falco and Marcus Urban – all similar stories, with each displaying some sense of relief when they eventually came out. It was Anton Hysen who gave the most promising attitude to how players should approach the decision.

“People are always going to say whatever they're going to say, and people gets stuff said to them no matter who you are and what you do, so I was like, f*ck it.” It may not be as bad as the 80's and 90's, with cases like Justin Fashanu, but players need to come out.

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As a sidebar, one of our own writers Connor Natella spoke in 2015 about coming out as a footballer.
Christine Reynolds
I would say that I'm a writer of many flavors. I did a-bit of music journalism - I want to do this full time. I've done some content writing, editing and freelance work, and other various media/music related work. I've written for various blogs and magazines (up and coming,) and hope to be a fully fledged writer; earning the big bucks and stirring my readers. Au revoir.

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