Two Premier League football players are reportedly being bullied by teammates who believe they’re in a gay relationship.
According to sources, one of their fellow footballers has even put up anti-gay posters around their training ground.
The two men rumored to be in a relationship are both ‘established first-teamers’, according to The Sun.
An African-born player is believed to have told colleagues he objects based on ‘religious grounds’ and finds it ‘obscene’, according to the publication.
The report furthermore states that an emergency meeting has been called by the football club to deal with the situation.
‘I’m so glad we’re together’
One of the posters is said to feature one of the two players celebrating a goal. In it, his teammate’s name is written on his chest. It also includes the words ‘I’m so glad we’re together’ with love hearts.
A source said: ‘They are being bullied over malicious rumours. This bullying has caused real bad feeling in the squad.’
They furthermore added: ‘The vast majority of the lads are totally supportive. But one African player has properly kicked off and is making it plain he’s against gay relationships.’
They also added: ‘There’s been real bad blood at the training ground since. Coaching staff have had to step in to calm things down.
‘But just when things started calming down, some idiot put these posters up.’
A spokesperson for the Premier League approached by GSN declined to comment.
Responding to the news, human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell told GSN: ‘Players should be judged by their performance on the pitch, not their personal relationships. It’s time the bullies concentrated on scoring goals.
He furthermore added: ‘This behaviour is clearly against Football Association rules. Those responsible should be shown the red card and suspended from matches to show that homophobia, like racism, is unacceptable in sport.’