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January 13, 2014

Former Liverpool and England striker was once accused of a homophobic gesture against teammate Graeme Le Saux

Former England striker Robbie Fowler has said it would not be a problem if a gay footballer came out.

The soccer star, who was once accused of homophobia, was reacting to retired German national Thomas Hitzlsperger who revealed his sexuality last week.

Fowler said it was ‘difficult to say’ if there is a homophobic atmosphere in football.

‘Certainly it would not be a problem in the dressing room,’ he told Football Focus.

‘I don't think it will be a problem on the terraces.’

May 29, 2013

As Robbie Rogers becomes one of the biggest names in global gay sport, a survey has revealed a high percentage of football fans find homophobia unacceptable

As Robbie Rogers takes to the pitch to become the biggest gay name in US professional football, a new survey has found four in five British soccer fans find homophobia unacceptable.

Tackling Discrimination, a survey conducted by soccer's equality and inclusion campaign group Kick It Out, found 84% of fans across the country say it is important to do more to tackle homophobic abuse.

Of the 5000 participants, 87% believed homophobic discrimination and abuse is unacceptable.

May 8, 2013

Eight professional football players in the UK have come out as gay to their teammates but are too afraid to tell the public

Britain is a step closer to having an openly gay player in its national sport – soccer.

That’s according to Chris Basiurski, chairman of the UK’s Gay Football Supporters’ Network (GFSN).

It comes after some in the media belatedly picked up a story Gay Star News covered last year – where Clarke Carlisle, chairman of the Professional Footballers' Association, revealed eight players had told him they were gay.

April 30, 2013

A survey of professional and youth soccer players found one in two young people would be scared to share a shower with a gay teammate

Nearly half of France’s professional players are ‘hostile to homosexuality’, according to a new survey.

The poll, led by sports psychologist Anthony Mette, polled 121 professional soccer players from 13 clubs at the top two divisions in the league.

It found 41% of professional players appeared to hold homophobic views and 63% said they would be surprised if a teammate said he was gay ‘because it’s a taboo subject’.

April 15, 2013

John Leech MP will highlight a report pointing out the levels of homophobic abuse suffered by Brighton fans

A British member of parliament will highlight the importance of fighting against homophobia in football in the House of Commons today (15 April).

April 3, 2013

Fans of Brighton and Hove Albion want Britain’s Football Association and others to take gay hate more seriously as report reveals it blights most games

Most of Brighton and Hove Albion soccer club’s games have been marred by homophobia in the 2012 to 2013 season.

The city of Brighton, on the south coast of England, is famous for its large LGBT population putting its football club on the frontline of the battle against gay hate in sport.

Now a new report says the club’s fans – gay and straight – have been the victim of homophobia by at least 68% of opponents they have faced this season, in at least two thirds of away games and in 53% of all their matches in 2012 to 2013.

March 19, 2013

A team of Gay Football Supporters Network soccer players faced off against a squad of House of Commons MPs in a bid to promote equality in sport

A lineup made up of some of the best players in gay and gay-friendly soccer in the UK has triumphed over a team of members of parliament.

The friendly match was held on Tuesday morning (19 March) in London, organized on the one-year anniversary of the Football Association launching their anti-homophobia campaign 'Opening Doors and Joining In'.

The Gay Football Supporters Network (GFSN) squad, who wore Stonewall ‘Some People Are Gay. Get Over It!’ t-shirts, won 3-1, leading the game early in the first half.

March 2, 2013

Soccer’s Graeme Le Saux, rugby’s Ben Cohen and basketball’s John Amaechi call for more action to fight homophobia in sports

Gay-friendly British rugby star Ben Cohen has called on sporting authorities to do more to tackle homophobia.

He was speaking at a debate at Britain’s National Student Pride today (2 March).

The panel session on homophobia in sport also featured former Premiership footballer Graeme Le Saux who explained how he became the victim of homophobia in soccer, despite being straight.

Cohen is a British former rugby star who now has his own brand of underwear and campaigns to beat homophobic bullying.

February 14, 2013

Football star Le Saux to debate homophobia in sport alongside rugby hero Ben Cohen and NFA giant John Amaechi at Britain’s Student Pride

Chelsea and England soccer legend Graeme Le Saux is to be a star player for the fight against homophobia in sport by joining with Student Pride.

The 44-year-old has been the victim of anti-gay abuse from other football players and fans before, despite being married with two kids.

Now he’s going to score a goal for gays by joining the Student Pride panel debate on homophobia in sport on 1 March in Brighton, south east England.

December 24, 2012

Former Sunderland player Kieron Brady looks forward to the day when gay and bi footballers can be open about their sexuality

Former professional football player, Kieron Brady, has become a patron of Sunderland Pride in a bid to show the red card to homophobia.

Brady, 41, was a Midfielder for Sunderland Associated Football Club in north east England from 1989 to 1993 – the soccer team known locally as the Black Cats.

The Sunderland Echo reports he has now become a patron of the local LGBT pride celebration.

December 21, 2012

Britain's Football Association says action plan to tackle homophobia should give gay players confidence to be open about their sexuality

Britain's Football Association is urging gay players to come out, saying they shouldn't be afraid to be open about their sexuality.

FA chairman David Bernstein said the governing body's action plan to tackle homophobia in the sport means players should have the confidence to be openly gay.

UK clubs now face sanctions if they fail to deal with discrimination against players, coaches or fans.

The FA Board plans also include induction days for foreign players on Britain's cultural values.

December 6, 2012

Gay campaigners and sports leaders unite to set up taskforce to tackle problems from Sport Wales and Stonewall Cymru report

Most gay people in Wales take part in sport but 75% of them have heard homophobic ‘banter’ while doing so.

That’s the result of a new survey by Sport Wales and Stonewall Cymru, the Welsh branch of Britain’s leading lesbian, gay and bisexual campaign organization.

Both bodies have united to push for a safer and more welcoming sporting environment for everyone – including setting up a taskforce to tackle the problems and report back by June 2013.

November 30, 2012

Former pro and manager Gareth Southgate says if a gay player did come out, the problem would be the fans

A former England international and manager has said players would accept a gay teammate in the changing room.

Gareth Southgate claims the real problem is the fans that would not be tolerant towards openly gay footballers.

Speaking to BBC Sport, he said: ‘I’m sure there might be some reaction from crowds, but within dressing rooms I think it would be accepted.’

November 24, 2012

Anders Lindegaard says young gay people need a 'hero' to look up to, urging for a top-level footballer to come out

Manchester United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard has spoken out about homophobia, saying homosexuality in football is a 'taboo topic'.

The 28-year-old Danish footballer is urging players and fans to address the problem, especially to help young gay players to not give up the sport due to a fear of prejudice.

September 16, 2012

Kick It Out ambassador Clarke Carlisle has promised the first English footballer to come out will have support

The chairman of the UK Professional Footballers’ Association believes a player will come out as gay soon.

In an interview with the Gay Football Supporter's Network, soccer player Clarke Carlisle says he has spoken with eight gay footballers and has assured them of PFA support if they decided to make their sexuality public.

Although the British trade union head refused to give a time frame, or hint to their identities, he said the first footballer to do so would become an instant trailblazer.

September 14, 2012

With only two openly gay male footballers worldwide, the German leader tells soccer players they have 'nothing to fear'

German chancellor Angela Merkel is telling gay footballers they should have no fear of revealing their sexuality.

The chairwoman of the Christian Democratic Union met officials at a forum in Berlin to discuss integration and diversity in sport yesterday (13 September).

She said: ‘I am of the opinion that anyone who sums up the strength and bravery – and we have a long tradition of this behind us in politics – should know that they live in a land where they have nothing to fear.

September 7, 2012

Chair of Britain’s Professional Footballers Association says media reaction is one thing which dissuades football professionals from coming out

The chair of the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) has revealed he has had recent conversations with eight top players about coming out as gay.

But Clarke Carlisle, who is a soccer star himself, says none of them followed through despite considering it.

The 32-year-old plays for York City as a defender as well as being chair of the PFA, the trade union for professional soccer players in England and Wales.

February 23, 2012

UK football clubs have agreed to work with the police in tackling homophobic abuse on social networking sites

Football clubs in the UK have agreed to tackle homophobic and transphobic abuse in the sport, following a summit at Downing Street yesterday.

British football governing bodies, ministers, campaign groups and ex-players met at Number 10 to discuss the problem of homophobia and racism in the game.

The event was held in light of recent high-profile incidents involving several players making homophobic remarks on Twitter, as well as Liverpool's Luis Suárez and England captain John Terry facing charges of racism.

February 2, 2012

Clubs pledge to tackle LGBT discrimination on and off the pitch

Today, all Premier League football clubs will voluntarily sign-up to the government's Charter Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

The clubs will pledge their commitment to tackling abuse of LGBT people both on and off the pitch.

The four-point government backed charter aims to stamp out discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in all sports and make sport a more welcoming environment for gay, bisexual and transgender people.