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Premier League chief: Gay footballers would be treated with respect

Premier League chief: Gay footballers would be treated with respect

Richard Scudamore says he is 'absolutely sure' there are gay players in the world's most popular sports league.

English Premier League chief Richard Scudamore has said footballers would be treated respect if they came out as gay.

‘The environment would be entirely suitable for them to come out,’ he told the BBC.

‘It would be welcomed and I think there would be a tolerance to it. I think the time would be right to do that.’

Scudamore said he was ‘absolutely sure’ there were gay players in the world’s most popular sports league.

‘It’d be very strange if there wasn’t,’ he added, although he said did not know who they were.

British athletes in others have spoken openly about their sexuality, including Olympic diver Tom Daley, the UK’s number one race walker Tom Bosworth and former Welsh rugby captain Gareth Thomas.

But the first and only openly gay British footballer was Norwich striker Justin Fashanu, who died by suicide in 1998 after years of homophobic abuse.

Last month, The Daily Mirror reported that two Premier League stars – including an England international – had decided to come out before the start of next season.