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April 17, 2014

Brazil will be hosting the FIFA World Cup in June, and it is expected many fans will be showing up to matches wearing tops with homophobic slogans

Just two months before Brazil hosts the FIFA World Cup, clothing stores are selling T-shirts calling soccer players ‘faggots’.

Sergio K, a Brazilian brand, have revealed several designs for football fans to wear during the June and July sporting season.

The simple T-shirt designs call Portuguese player Cristiano Ronaldo ‘gay’ and retired Argentine footballer Diego Maradona a ‘maricón’ (a faggot).

The designer defends the T-shirts, which are being sold for around €62 ($85), as ‘irreverent’ and not offensive.

April 3, 2014

A 25-year-old athlete is being subjected to vile homophobic abuse online after appearing in a pornographic film where he has gay sex

An Irish footballer is being targeted with a torrent of homophobic abuse online after allegedly appearing in a gay porn video.

The 25-year-old athlete, who plays Gaelic football, is being bombarded with a series of hate messages on Twitter after pictures reportedly of him were published.

The adult film is openly available on a well-known pay-only gay porn site where ‘straight men’ engage in sex acts for cash.

Posted online last month on The Casting Room, a man that appears to be the athlete is interviewed discussing his sexual preferences.

March 12, 2014

Paris Saint Germain has defended his anti-gay views, saying it is not right for a man to live with a man and a woman with a woman

Brazilian footballer Alex Da Costa has said he is not homophobic even though he believes homosexuality is wrong.

A former Chelsea player, the soccer star is one of the most vocally critical of the LGBTI community in the game.

In January, he said: ‘God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Yves.’

Speaking to Swedish paper Expressen, he said his views are not homophobic.

‘God says one should love all people for what they are,’ he said.

March 9, 2014

'This is a great opportunity for me on a personal and professional level'

The Myrtle Beach Mutiny have signed Anton Hysén, the out Swedish footballer.

The Mutiny are part of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL).

'I am excited to be joining the Mutiny this season,' Hysén said in a release, according to Outsports.

'This is a great opportunity for me on a personal and professional level. I hope I can help take the team to the top of the NPSL,' he continued. 

February 17, 2014

Thousands of University of Missouri students and other supporters of gay college footballer Michael Sam formed a human barricade to stop members of the Westboro Baptist Church from picketing a ceremony to honor him during a basketball game

Thousands of people have turned out to block members of the Westboro Baptist Church from picketing a basketball game during which openly gay college footballer Michael Sam was to be honored.

The Westboro Baptist Church members traveled to Missouri on Saturday after Sam came out publicly, labeling the Tigers ‘fag enablers’ for tolerating Sam on the team and calling for the death penalty for homosexuality to be reinstated.

February 13, 2014

ABC sportscaster Dale Hansen has delivered a stirring monologue criticizing NFL officials who’ve said that Michael Sam’s coming out will affect his desirability as a player – noting that it was only a few decades ago that black players were controversial for the NFL

Veteran ABC sports caster Dale Hansen has slammed critics of college gridiron player Michael Sam’s decision to come out, saying no team should be resistant to hiring such a talented player – and noting how many top professional players had serious criminal charges leveled against them without damaging their careers.

February 13, 2014

Former footballer Clark Carlisle is calling on players to recieve more education on homosexuality so one day one of them could feel comfortable to come out

A British soccer star is calling for players to receive more education to combat homophobia.

Clark Carlisle, who has played for several clubs including Blackpool and Queen’s Park Rangers and has admitted to using homophobic language in the past, said bigoted views were commonplace in UK’s football dressing rooms.

January 30, 2014

'I have much respect for homosexuals, but I like women'

Anderson Luís de Abreu Oliveira, the Manchester United footballer commonly known as Anderson, was not phased this week when an Italian journalist asked him during a press conference if he is gay.

The question came during a press conference announcing that the 25-year-old midfielder from Brazil is going to be on loan to Italian football club Fiorentina.

January 15, 2014

'I personally hope that over the next 10 years I’m not the only gay footballer out there'

Inspired by the recent coming out of German superstar Thomas Hitzlsperger, British semi-pro footballer Liam Davis has also come out as gay.

While Hitzlsperger came out after his retirement, Davis is at the beginning of his career. He currently plays midfield for Gainsborough Trinity.

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.’

January 10, 2014

UK is yet to see a footballer come out and keep playing since Justin Fashanu came out in 1990 and killed himself eight years later

Gay soccer players would have full support from their teammates, a goalkeeper for the England national team has said.

John Ruddy, who plays principally for Norwich and is England’s number two, believes an openly gay player would be fully accepted in the changing room.

It comes as German national Thomas Hitzlsperger came out this week, saying he wanted to break the taboo of homosexuality in football.

January 9, 2014

LA Galaxy winger speaks about the difficulties of coming out as a soccer star and the admiration he has for the ex-German international

US gay soccer star Robbie Rogers has congratulated Thomas Hitzlsperger for coming out, saying he hopes the fight against homophobia in football will 'move forward'.

The 26-year-old LA Galaxy winger, one of only two footballers to come out and currently still playing, said: '‘I could never have imagined that Thomas was gay too, but it would have made a world of difference to me if I had known, just as young gay athletes around the world will be inspired now by Thomas's courageous decision to come forward and share the truth about his life.’

January 9, 2014

Actor who will be playing a gay footballer in new London play The Pass said he was 'very impressed' with the young diver

British ator Russell Tovey has revealed he chatted with Tom Daley after the young diver came out.

The 32-year-old actor said he was very impressed by the way Daley came out, saying it was ‘very casual, not even beautifully lit, just him lying on his bed’.

‘I messaged him and said, “I’m proud of you, it’s brilliant what you’ve done, mate”.

‘He just said, “Thanks”. He’s really sweet,’ he told the Evening Standard.

January 9, 2014

Openly gay ex-West Ham, Everton and Aston Villa player doubts Premier League will see gay player in near future

Retired footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger has spoken out about the fear of negative reaction holding gay players back from coming out in the Premier League.

After coming out publicly yesterday (8 January), he said on BBC Today: 'I can't imagine playing football and doing this at the same time.'

The ex-Germany international revealed he chose to continue playing without coming out towards the end of his career.

January 8, 2014

German soccer star, who played for Germany, Aston Villa and Everton, has said he wanted to 'further the debate about homosexuality among sports professionals'

Footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger has come out as gay.

The former Aston Villa, Everton and West Ham soccer player said he wants to ‘further the debate about homosexuality among sports professionals’.

Hitzlsperger, who represented Germany 52 times, is the highest profile footballer to reveal his sexuality.

Speaking to German paper Die Zeit, he said: ‘It’s been a long and difficult process [of becoming aware of being gay].

‘Only in the last few years have I realised that I preferred living together with a man.’

January 8, 2014

On the same day Thomas Hitzlspreger comes out as gay, a documentary will be screened in France showing how far football still has to come in accepting gay people

On the same day Thomas Hitzlsperger has come out, a footballer who plays for a French team is facing a backlash for his anti-gay comments.

A Paris Saint-Germain FC and former Chelsea player Alex Rodrigo Dias Da Costa has said it is ‘Adam and Eve, not Adam and Yves’.

Broadcasters Canel+ will be airing a documentary tonight (8 January) called ‘Jesus Football Club’, exploring Ligue 1 players relationship with religion.

January 8, 2014

Swedish footballer says it is 'extremely good for football' now that German player Hitzlsperger has revealed his sexuality

Gay Swedish soccer star Anton Hysén has shared his pride after German footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger has come out.

‘Just want to take a moment and say GOOD JOB Thomas Hitzlsperger!! Very proud over what you’ve done. Extremely good for football!’ Hysén said.

He also retweeted several others, who said with US player Robbie Rogers coming out last year, ‘2014 could be the year for a massive change in football’.

But Hysén and Rogers are still the only LGBT footballers to come out and keep playing, as 31-year-old Hitzlsperger retired in September last year.

January 2, 2014

Michael Johnson called homosexuality 'detestable' and refused to back association's anti-homophobia campaign in 2012

Retired pro footballer Michael Johnson is proving to be a controversial pick for The Football Association's new Inclusion Advisory Board to tackle discrimination in all its forms.

In 2012, Johnson is seen on video (below) refusing to endorse an anti-homophobia campaign saying: 'Because of my beliefs, because of the Bible that I read, in the Bible it does state that homosexuality is detestable unto the Lord.'

The FA was apparently unaware of Johnson's remarks and he now insists he no longer holds such an anti-gay belief.

December 31, 2013

Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon has said that his only concern about having a gay team mate would be about how good a player he was and not about his sexuality

Juventus goalkeeper and captain Gianluigi Buffon has told Football Italia that he would have no problems if his club hired an openly gay player and that if it did his only concern would be whether he was a good footballer or not.

‘If Juve bought one, my only wish is that he’d win us games,’ Buffon, who also captain’s Italy’s national team, said in an interview yesterday.

December 26, 2013

You can vote for stars including Paul O’Grady, Russell Tovey, Elton John, Ian McKellen, Joey Barton, Lorraine Kelly and Jennifer Saunders, plus much more

The British public is being urged to vote for their favorite lesbian, gay and bi-sexual personalities ahead of the 2014 Out in the City and G3 Magazine Awards.

Dubbed Britain’s ‘Gay Oscars’, the awards bring together gay celebrities and LGBTI allies as they do battle for a series battle of top gongs at a glitzy red carpet event at London’s Landmark Hotel on 25 April 2014.

December 19, 2013

Openly gay soccer pro has said he has not been contacted by any gay closeted footballers since coming out of the closet in February

US gay soccer star Robbie Rogers has said he has not been contacted by any closeted footballers since coming out.

And he thinks the reason is because they are terrified to reveal their sexuality.

The 26-year-old came out, and quit the game, back in February. He later came back to the field to play for LA Galaxy.

‘I haven’t received a letter or text or anything from one footballer that wants to talk about these issues,’ he said.

November 25, 2013

A ref of 12 years is banned from his association after speaking out and complaining to the police about the homophobia of football players

A Scottish gay referee is claiming he was expelled after speaking out against homophobic abuse from soccer players.

Joe Richardson, a 29-year-old former member of the Angus and Perthshire Referees Association, has said he was verbally abused after he gave a red card to a footballer during an amateur match in Perthshire.

While yelling at the ref is standard fare in football, the player went too far after he allegedly called him a ‘fat poof’ and ‘faggot’.

When Richardson reported it to police and asked his association for support, they expelled him.

October 10, 2013

Top footballers wed in a sunset ceremony in Hawaii where the happy couple was joined by their friends and family

A lesbian soccer star couple has come out and announced their marriage at the same day.

Abby Wambach wed fellow pro footballer Sarah Huffman on Saturday (5 October) in a Hawaiian beach sunset ceremony.

The couple, who plays for West New York Flash, said their ‘I do’s’ on the blissful island of Kauai.

Some of the biggest names in women’s football attended the ceremony, including Alex Morgan and Sydney Leroux.

According to TMZ, the couple’s closest friends and family joined them for the happy day.

October 7, 2013

One of the only two gay professionally playing soccer players says he has had several anonymous phone calls from footballers in the closet

Straight men are far hotter than gay men, according to one of the only openly gay soccer players in the world Anton Hysén.

The Swedish 22-year-old footballer, who plays for Utsiktens BK, took to Twitter to complain about the lack of attractive gay guys.

He said: ‘Okay fo real.....straight men are way more attractive compared to gay men thats for sure....end of story’

When some of his 17,000 followers accused him of ‘alienating’ his fan base, Hysén said he meant straights have more ‘personality’.