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Homosexuality in football

  1. Homosexuality in football

    Gay footballers would be accepted - Gareth Southgate

    Former England international Gareth Southgate says players would accept a gay team-mate in the dressing room.

    But Southgate claims some fans would not be so tolerant towards homosexual players open about their sexuality.

    Despite a number of high-profile male and female athletes choosing to go public with their sexuality in recent years, the only footballer to come out as a homosexual since the late Justin Fashanu in 1990 is Anton Hysen, a Swedish lower league player.

    "It will take someone who is brave enough to be open and honest," added former Middlesbrough manager Southgate in an interview with BBC's Richard Conway at a charity event for the England Footballers Foundation, which was set up in 2007 with players donating their England match fees to good causes.

    "We can't control the reaction of all supporters, so unfortunately there will always be a adverse reaction to parts of society. But the honest answer is that we don't know until somebody steps forward."

    Earlier this week, Lindegaard wrote in a blog that the nature of supporters on the terraces does little to encourage homosexual players to be open about their sexuality.

    "As a footballer, I think a homosexual colleague would be afraid of the reception he could get from the fans, but my impression is that the players would not have a problem accepting a homosexual.

    "While the rest of the world has been more liberal, civilised and less prejudiced, the world of football remains stuck in the past when it comes to tolerance."

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    Thoughts?

    I think it is ridiculous how football is still so homophobic in a world when people are now coming to grips with gays and bisexuals, especially since football attracts a widespread audience who all differ in race, religion, sexuality, age, etc. It is just ridiculous, to be honest; but to be fair, it's hard to do anything about it!

  2. Every club has some fans who are complete idiots. Some clubs have more of these than others. But if I was gay and a player I would keep it quiet. Imagine if you played for one of the Manchester clubs and came out as gay. The other clubs fan would abuse you for 90mins. Would I accept a gay team mate? Yeah, as long as he is not pulling another man infront of me.
    I think if a player did come out he would get a lot of support but also a lot of abuse

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarloGeorge96 View Post
    Would I accept a gay team mate? Yeah, as long as he is not pulling another man infront of me.
    Ah, progressive homophobia!

  4. Its time for the 'gay hero' that Lindegaard has called for to show himself. It is Cristiano Ronaldo. The world's (2nd) best player is definitely a homosexual.

  5. Sarcasm?

    Or... jealousy? After all not everyone can bone Iryna Shayk

    Quote Originally Posted by W4NKER View Post
    Its time for the 'gay hero' that Lindegaard has called for to show himself. It is Cristiano Ronaldo. The world's (2nd) best player is definitely a homosexual.
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  6. Quote Originally Posted by W4NKER View Post
    Its time for the 'gay hero' that Lindegaard has called for to show himself. It is Cristiano Ronaldo. The world's (2nd) best player is definitely a homosexual.
    Seems a bit suspicious that Lindegaard was blogging about this, possibly it is him who is gay?
    W4NKER likes this.

  7. Accepted by most, unfortunately and as usual its the moron minority who would shout loudest on the pitch and off it.

  8. Quote Originally Posted by MisterZhifei View Post
    Seems a bit suspicious that Lindegaard was blogging about this, possibly it is him who is gay?
    I hear Lindegaard is good at handling balls!

    My response is "who cares??". Footballers kick a ball around for a living. If he happens to want to party with George Michael at the weekend then who gives a f**k?? I certainly don't. Unless the first openly homosexual footballer is trying to put his willy up my bum then it is no business of mine

  9. Quote Originally Posted by JP Woody View Post
    Accepted by most, unfortunately and as usual its the moron minority who would shout loudest on the pitch and off it.
    Football fans are sometimes too passionate, and sometimes their passion turns into hatred or aggression. It is currently a gentleman's game watched by thugs.

    Quote Originally Posted by W4NKER View Post
    I hear Lindegaard is good at handling balls!

    My response is "who cares??". Footballers kick a ball around for a living. If he happens to want to party with George Michael at the weekend then who gives a f**k?? I certainly don't. Unless the first openly homosexual footballer is trying to put his willy up my bum then it is no business of mine
    Haha, well said.

  10. What the hell am i reading.

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