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December 19, 2014

'If I were to go, I would possibly be imprisoned or beat up or stoned to death'

Openly gay footballer Robbie Rogers has slammed FIFA for its ‘insane’ decision to stage the next two World Cups in Russia and Qatar.

The LA Galaxy midfielder Thursday (17 December) said the decision put gay players and fans at risk if they traveled to the two countries for the competitions in 2018 and 2022.

'I would never pressure anyone into speaking about the issue but it is absolutely insane,' he told Sky Sports.

November 9, 2014

UK newspaper Independent on Sunday has published the annual Rainbow List today, showcasing the most influential LGBTI people in the UK today 

UK newspaper the Independent on Sunday has today published the 2014 Rainbow List.

The annual list showcases 100 of the most influential LGBTI people in the UK.

The paper revealed how hard it was to reduce a total of 4,390 entries to just 101 stars who have made the final list.

‘The result honours those who have long and brave histories of standing up for equal rights, even when equality wasn’t even legal,’ writes the newspaper.

November 3, 2014

Marvin Andrews, former of Rangers FC, thinks homosexuality is an 'abomination'

Soccer star Marvin Andrews claims gay people are suffering from a 'spiritual sickness'.

The footballer, formerly of Rangers FC and now demoted to playing for Elgin City, has written a passage in a book for his mentor Pastor Joe Nwokoye.

The defender said: 'For a man to see a man or a woman to see a woman in that way is a spiritual sickness and it is the Bible – not Marvin Andrews – that says that is an abomination.

'I am not going to contradict my beliefs. I don’t care if 100,000 people are against me – I’ll stand on the word of God.'

October 9, 2014

British gay diver revealed he will not be making any political statement against Russia's anti-gay laws when he travels there next year

Tom Daley believes any footballer would be surprised by the amount of support they would receive if they chose to come out.

The 20-year-old Olympic diver, who came out last December on YouTube, has said he believes soccer will be more accepting than people realise.

There are only two professional gay soccer players in the entire world. Anton Hysén, who is playing for Myrtle Beach FC, a fourth-tier level US team, and Robbie Rogers, who plays for major US club LA Galaxy.

July 28, 2014

Former Aston Villa, West Ham and Stuttgart midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger has been honored as sportsperson of the year by Germany’s 11Freunde football magazine for his courage in coming out as a gay man

Recently retired professional German footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger has been honored by football magazine 11Freunde as its sportsperson of the year after he made the decision to come out publicly as gay in January this year.

German Football Association president Wolfgang Niersbach praised Hitzlsperger’s courage at an awards ceremony held by the magazine on Saturday.

‘Thomas is a trail blazer,’ Niersbach said, presenting the award, ‘He made a very deliberate decision in going public.’

July 17, 2014

Footballing partners Casey Stoney and Megan Harris will become moms later this year

England footballer Casey Stoney has used her regular BBC Sport online column to announce that she and her partner, fellow footballer Megan Harris, are expecting twins.

‘Until last season my partner, Megan Harris, was a footballer and we played together at Lincoln Ladies,’ said Stoney.

‘But her desire to be a mum far outweighed her ambitions in football so she is the one who is pregnant.’

July 12, 2014

Brian Taylor described a football player as a ‘big poofter’ in his live commentary, and despite his apology some are calling for his sacking

An Australian sports commentator has caused outrage after calling an athlete a ‘big poofter’.

Brian Taylor, a former Australian rules footballer and current Australian Football League (AFL) commentator, made the anti-gay slur about footballer Harry Taylor last weekend.

Taylor was shown being carried off the pitch on the shoulders of his team mates to celebrate his 150th game, in a pre-planned segment on Channel 7’s Saturday Night Footy Panel.

Former football star Taylor interrupted with his offensive remark.

June 12, 2014

Jaiyah Saelua, from American Samoa, has spoken out about the importance of fighting against homophobia, transphobia and other forms of discrimination before the first big match

Back in 2003, an up-and-coming soccer-obsessed teen was chosen to represent her country.

She went on to become the world’s first ever openly trans woman to play professionally in a men's World Cup qualifier.

Her name is Jaiyah Saelua, a 25-year-old from American Samoa.

Before the World Cup starts today (12 June), she has spoken out about the efforts to combat homophobia and discrimination in the sport.

‘Just to get the message across that soccer should be a sport for everyone,’ Saelua has said.

June 5, 2014

Anonymous gay German footballer says: 'I slowly realized: It's because of me. In that moment I thought my career was over. I didn't want to go to training anymore'

An anonymous gay soccer player has spoken out about the reasons why he refuses to come out.

The footballer in Germany’s Under 19 Bundesliga, who plans on playing professionally, says the homophobic culture in the changing room will stop many from being honest with the public.

Given the pseudonym of 'Nico', he told Deutsche , Welle there was an incident with his team two years ago that made him think his career was over.

‘By chance the team I was in found out that I was gay,’ he said.

May 27, 2014

There are only two openly gay soccer stars playing professionally, Robbie Rogers and Anton Hysén

The world would be supportive of an openly gay footballer, according to a new poll.

In the largest survey of football fans on this issue, the new research has found the majority would be happy to have a soccer star that is open about his sexuality.

Around 30,000 fans in 29 countries responded to the poll, organized by gay campaigning charity Stonewall and Swedish app designers Football Addicts.

Fans were asked if they would be comfortable if a player on their national team came out as gay.

May 12, 2014

Cabramatta Two Blues player Grayson Goodwin has been suspended after a homophobic tweet was sent from his Twitter account despite a friend coming forward to confirm he did not send it

Australia’s National Rugby League code has given footballer Grayson Goodwin a 26 week ban from playing over a homophobic tweet which he fears will end his career as an athlete.

The tweet ‘Gay refs shouldn’t be allowed to ref cause they r so s**t [sic]’ was sent from the Cabramatta Two Blues player’s Twitter account but he insists he did not send it.

The tweet appeared during a South Sydney versus West Tigers game on 21 March but Goodwin insists that a friend sent it from his phone while he was using the bathroom.

April 18, 2014

Arsenal’s longest serving manager believes racism is easier than homophobia to deal with in football as it is more ‘visible’

Arsenal’s manager Arséne Wenger has said society has not advanced enough to have an openly gay soccer player in the UK.

The French former player has given an interview on homophobia in football and the hopes of having a gay footballer continuing to play after coming out in the Premier League.

Speaking to Arsenal Magazine, Wenger was asked about his reaction to Thomas Hitzlsperger, a German player who came out after he retired last year.

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.’