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 inleading to a more liberal public attitude.
Homophobia has been widespread in association footballalso known as soccer, throughout the world. Journalist Matt Williams stated that being a gay professional player in football is still a taboo,  which journalist Simon Barnes has said will never change. Andy Brennan came out as gay in Maybecoming the first openly gay professional player in Australia.
The top player, his agent and team officials have discussed him clarifying his sexuality for months. Last year, The Sun told how two Premier League team-mates bullied over talk they are in a gay relationship suffered abuse from players. The anti-gay stunts continued after it was revealed how the club was at war because of the scandal.
A man who claims to play for a Championship club says he is set to publicly come out as gay in the near future. A statement posted from the account on Sunday said the player's identity would be revealed once he has prepared himself for the announcement. While the tweets have received a largely positive response, the account holder did flag up some abuse aimed at him since it was opened.
Please refresh the page and retry. That has been the reaction Davis has faced since, back inhe was accidentally outed by the local paper. For him it has been a revelation, not a risk.
Gay graduated through the youth, academy and reserve sides at Norwich City  made many first team squads and was on the bench 15 times but made no appearances in the first team and joined Football League Two club Southend United on a free transfer in He had a brief trial at Bradford city fc, who offered him a contract but due to age compensation was required  Braintree Town Bishops Stortford  and Heybridge Swifts. He was released by Chelmsford City at the end of the —09 season, after two seasons at the club.
So, with two gay players taking the field in the top tier of college football this season, has the future finally charged onto the turf? Running back Dave Kopay, who signed with the San Francisco 49ers inwould play for five teams before hanging up his jersey in He would become the first major professional athlete to come out in any sport, telling his story to the Washington Star in — three years after his retirement. Kopay released a best-selling autobiography a couple years after that, but find himself an outcast in the football world for decadesdenied a chance to coach because of his sexuality even in the late s.
British world champion diver Tom Daley has called for gay footballers to come out about their sexuality and serve as role models for young gay fans. Daley, who came out as gay at the age of 19, said such a move by high-profile footballers could have a hugely positive influence on young people who are struggling with opening up about their sexuality. The latest tweet posted on the account on July 16 included a statement from the alleged footballer, in which he expressed his delight at the understanding and support he has received from his club and stated he would reveal his identity before the start of the season.