FA Chairman In Talks With Gay Players
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The Chairman of the FA has spoken to gay footballers about the possibility of coming out.
Greg Clarke said that he hoped to orchestrate it so that several players came out together to share the spotlight, and suggested that Gareth Southgate’s successor as England manager could be drawn from the black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) community.
“I put the message out there that if a number of top-level pros want to come out, why don’t we synchronise it?” Clarke said. “So one person doesn’t have to come out on their own”, He told The Times.
“I’ve been asking the gay community, ‘How can we provide more support and orchestrate it so people get the right level of support if people want to be open about their sexuality?
“I’ve met 15 gay sports people in the last four weeks to ask their views, including footballers. It is very difficult to get a representative set of gay top-level footballers because some of them are happy with their sexuality and just don’t want anyone to know.
No active Premier League footballer has ever come out and it has been 27 years since former Norwich City forward Justin Fashanu revealed he was gay.
Former Aston Villa and West Ham midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger waited until his retirement in 2014 to disclose he was gay, while former United States international Robbie Rogers came out in 2013 having left Leeds United.