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December 24, 2014

Bristol Rovers' Lee Mansell says kissing Gateshead's JJ O’Donnell was a ‘daft’ thing he did to avoid doing anything ‘silly’

We quite like seeing men showing affection to one another; including when said affection is used to defuse a potentially explosive altercation.

Last Friday, a soccer player with the UK’s Bristol Rovers team found himself in a head-to-head confrontation with an opposing teammate.

Midfielder Lee Mansell clashed with Gateshead’s JJ O’Donnell in the second half of Rovers' 3-2 win over the northern side.

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.

March 18, 2014

Almost 40% of players have witnessed homophobia in the stands while a shocking one in four have seen it in the training grounds and changing room

Top soccer stars have revealed anti-gay abuse and racism is still ‘rife’ in English football.

Over 200 current players across all four tiers of the game were asked about their views.

It is known that homophobia is common in the stands, with almost 40% witnessing anti-gay abuse.

But in the training ground or in the changing room, a shocking one in four have seen homophobia.

Racial abuse is noticed by more than half, with almost a quarter of them being subjected to it.

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.

November 30, 2013

Was part of hazing when he joined Manchester United in 1992

David Beckham has revealed that when he first joined Manchester United 21 years ago, he was forced to take part in a hazing ritual that he still finds embarrassing to this day.

The legendary midfielder, who has retired from professional play, was discussing the new documentary The Class of 92 when he said he drew the short-straw during initiation.

September 4, 2013

Two hockey players who found love on the pitch have announced they will be getting a civil partnership this year

Two British Olympians are to marry in less than two weeks.

Kate Walsh and Helen Richardson, a couple who with their hockey team won a bronze at the London 2012 Olympics, will get a civil partnership on 14 September.

Walsh, the captain of the Team GB women’s hockey team, fell in love with midfielder Richardson, on the pitch.

‘We’ve been together for five years and we decided we were going to get married,’ Walsh told the BBC.

May 3, 2013

Retired after coming out but has been practicing with Los Angeles Galaxy

Robbie Rogers, a former midfielder for the US national team who retired after coming out as gay in February, may be planning a return to the sport.

Rogers, 25, has been training with the Major League Soccer team Los Angeles Galaxy this week - the same week in which the NBA's Jason Collins also came out as gay.

If Rogers, who most recently played in England for Leeds United, resumes his professional playing career, he will be the first openly gay male player in the US to do so.

April 30, 2013

'I was happy that our society gave him such a positive response'

It turns out that Robbie Rogers, a former midfielder for the US national team who most recently played in England, was a bit of a warm-up act for the NBA's Jason Collins.

Collins came out publicly as a gay man on Monday (29 April) in a Sports Illustrated cover story and will be interviewed on ABC's Good Morning America Tuesday.

April 17, 2013

'That's what scars you. It's just the atmosphere of sports'

Robbie Rogers, a former midfielder for the US national team who most recently played in England, retired from soccer on the same day that he came out to the world as a gay man.

He is only 25.

But he told ABC's Nightline in an interview broadcast Tuesday (16 April) that he is considering a return to his sport - a move that would make him the first active openly gay pro soccer in history.

'Gay athletes are athletes,' Rogers said. 'If I go back to soccer, I want to go back as Robbie. I just want it to be as simple as that.'

April 17, 2013

San Jose Earthquakes forward called Will Johnson, a midfielder for Portland Timbers, a 'faggot' during a match

Soccer star Alan Gordon is suspended after hurling a homophobic slur at a fellow footballer.

On Saturday, the San Jose Earthquakes forward called Will Johnson, a midfielder for the Portland Timbers, a ‘fucking faggot’.

Television cameras caught the incident, and he was ejected minutes before Johnson went on to score the winning goal.

April 15, 2013

Will Johnson, for the Portland Timbers, was being abused by Alan Gordon, a San Jose Earthquakes forward, who has apologized

A soccer player scored the winning goal after being called a ‘faggot’ this weekend.

Alan Gordon, the San Jose Earthquakes forward, hurled the gay slur at Will Johnson, a midfielder for the Portland Timbers.

On Sunday night (14 April), Johnson’s goal gave his team a 1-0 win.

Gordon was ejected minutes earlier by soccer officials after calling Johnson ‘faggot’.

After the match, he apologized: ‘I would like to sincerely apologize to everyone who watched tonight's match on NBC Sports Network.

April 4, 2013

English soccer player, currently playing for French team Marseille, is being threatened by Thiago Silva's current team Paris Saint Germain

February 16, 2013

'Thank you everyone for all of the support and love. Wasn't expecting this'

Robbie Rogers, a former midfielder for the US national team who most recently played in England, casually told his Twitter followers Friday morning that he was 'just getting some sh*t off my chest.'

February 15, 2013

American international and ex Leeds United football star Robbie Rogers says he’s gay, coming out after 25 years, and quitting soccer

American international and former British Leeds United football midfielder Robbie Rogers has come out as gay.

The 25-year-old told fans he no longer wants to keep his sexuality a secret.

He added he ‘couldn’t be happier’ with his decision.

He’s the highest profile footballer to come out in Britain’s national game since Justin Fashanu in 1990. He committed suicide in 1998.

Writing on his blog Rogers said he had feared coming out as gay would get in the way of his dreams.

February 1, 2013

A poll of professional soccer players in the UK has found three in five believe an openly gay footballer would not be outcast

Most pro football players would welcome a gay teammate and some say the first soccer star to come out would make a fortune.

A poll of professional soccer players in the UK has found 62% believe an openly gay footballer would not be outcast.

Commissioned by sporting mag FourFourTwo, they asked 100 professional players across the leagues anonymously about issues in football such as racism, drugs, and depression.

January 30, 2013

Alexander Kokorin and Pavel Mamaev, who set the world alight with their 'intimate' pictures, have denied they are gay

A Russian footballer has denied he is gay after pictures of him kissing, cuddling and sharing a bath with a male friend went viral.

When Gay Star News reported the pictures back in December, social networks were set alight by the idea two top-level professional footballers could be gay.

December 30, 2012

Two top-level football players are being accused of being gay after 'intimate' holiday pictures have emerged

Two top-level Russian footballers have sparked outrage after a series of 'gay' holiday pictures have emerged.

Pavel Mamayev, 24, a midfielder for CSKA Moscow, and Alexander Kokorin, 21, a striker from FC Dynamo Moscow, are believed to be in a relationship after ‘intimate’ photographs of them were posted on the internet.

On VK, an Eastern-European social network similar to Facebook, Kokorin posted one of the pictures, saying ‘I love him’.

Other snaps include the two hugging, sharing dinner, going to a basketball game, and having a bath together.

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 18, 2012

Spanish player ordered to pay up after using the word gay to insult team mate Jose Enrique

Liverpool Football Club player Suso has been fined £10,000 ($16,220, €12,300) for using the word 'gay' to insult team mate Jose Enrique on Twitter.

The Spanish midfielder, real name Jesús Joaquín Fernández Sáez de la Torre, posted a picture of Enrique getting his teeth whitened, with the comment: ‘What fuck is he doing?... This guy is gay. He has some mental problems. He does everything except play football.’

Despite quickly deleting the offensive comments, the 19-year-old's tweet has landed himself in trouble with the UK's Football Association.

November 22, 2012

'There’s no more sort of omitting anything'

US soccer star and Olympic gold medalist Megan Rapinoe decided that the time had come for her to be completely open about her sexuality.

So before competing in the Olympic Games in London, the 27-year-old midfielder on the US women’s soccer team came out publicly as a lesbian.

Rapinoe tells Gay Star News that she has had no regrets.

‘I think it’s just nice to be open, there’s no more sort of omitting anything,’ she says. ‘It’s living my life as an open book which is really nice.’

November 13, 2012

Former Manchester City midfielder, Ian Bishop, slams 'ridiculous' gay gossip which he claims ruined his football career

A former Premier League footballer claims his chances of playing for England were killed by rumors that he was gay.

Ian Bishop, midfielder for Manchester City from 1998 to 2001, blamed gossip that he was having an affair with former City and West Ham player Trevor Morley for not being picked to play for his country.

September 6, 2012

Reveals that her mom is also a lesbian and that she came out to her dad over beers at an Applebee's

US soccer star Lori Lindsey sent this message out to her nearly 24,000 Twitter followers this week: 'You're going to need to sit down for this one! It's going to come as a real shock.'

August 11, 2012

Soccer midfielder star Megan Rapinoe has said other LGBT athletes need to be open so kids can have more role models

US soccer star and Olympic gold medalist Megan Rapinoe has said other athletes should come out and be open about their sexuality.

Rapinoe, a midfielder on the US women’s soccer team who won gold on Thursday (9 August), told reporters about her sexuality just before London 2012.

In an interview with Out Magazine, she said: ‘I feel like sports in general are still homophobic, in the sense that not a lot of people are out.

‘I feel everyone is really craving people to come out.

August 2, 2012

Footballer may have been victim of prank after tweet sent saying Daley and fellow diver Peter Waterfield were 'bumming' each other

Welsh footballer Daniel Thomas has been suspended after allegedly tweeting homophobic abuse about British Olympic divers Tom Daley and Peter Waterfield.

Port Talbot Town FC confirmed it will conduct an internal investigation into the Twitter post sent from the midfielder’s account earlier this week.

Thomas denied making the offensive tweet made after the athletes missed out on a medal in Monday’s 10 meter platform event in London.