The FA makes the following statement:
“The FA calls for the strongest possible sanctions to be taken against anyone who is found guilty”
Listen you bunch of morons. YOU are being told to deal with the homophobia.
It is unacceptable to call for the strongest sanctions when the FA (which has the power to deal with this issue) is at best ignoring the problem.
I want to see the a 5 point plan by the FA to have homophobia stamped out in football by the year 2012.
That’s reasonable seeing as the FA can deduct points from clubs for failure to act. Let’s be having it then.
Let’s see how seriously the media take this.
If the sport is so homophobic that even the players cannot admit they are gay, how do you expect some of the fans to act any better. Lead by example!
Sorry, Ken – it’s got to come from the FA , they should take leadership on this. And they should be seen to clamp down on it
Who wants to have their lives made hell by rabid fans looking for any opportunity to bring down the opposition? and be denied one opportunity after the next? managers would see you as a liability.
Of course they should, Adrian. But I find it odd that there is not a single out player. That in itself must speak volumes about how gayness is accepted within the football world. To tell the fans to stop being homophobic when gayness is not accepted within your own little world is a bit like the pot calling the kettle black.
Easy for you to say, your career and home isn’t on the line!
It would be excellent if a few premiership stars specifically condemned homophobic abuse, because fans look up to them, and listen to them more than anyone else.
And there is no reason why any player should have to tell anyone anything. Private lives should be exactly that. They are there to play football, first and foremost.
It would be great if a retired footballer, with relatively little to lose, would come out though.
I was seeing one of the stewards from Liverpool Football Club for a while, and he told me he’s so afraid to come out to others in the footie world. He told me there are a few more people he knows of who are gay and steward at Liverpool matches, but they’re all the same, too scared to say boo. Would be nice to see the premiership teams play the Gay Football Supporter’s Network (GFSN) teams in friendlies and maybe play an active role in Prides, like the Police. Why don’t league teams recruit from the already great gay footballers who play regularly at GFSN matches all around the country???
There’s a gay football team in Liverpool called Mersey Marauders, and ones in Manchester, Brighton, London etc…surely some of these players are good enough to play at league standard.
Surely it is up to the FA to do something about this. Why can’t they implement something along the lines of a fine for the club if any fans are heard to be shouting abuse, be it homophobic, racist, ageist etc. Starting at £250,000 for the first incident, doubling if any further incidents occur. Clubs would soon do something about it if their bottom line is hit. The money could be given to whatever charity supports the group that’s been targeted by abuse.
Come on Football Association bigwigs, here’s your answer. Stop wringing your hands and get on with it.
It is easy for me to say, Adrian. I was thrown out of the Royal Navy for being gay. I know what it is like to lose everything. But coming out in the navy was the best thing I ever did for myself. I hope it also paved the way for others in some small way.
I e-mailed the FA in 2008 about their attitude towards transphobia at football games, they never replied, similar response from Leeds United when I contacted them. I guess their silence speaks volumes
Ken, I’m sure, but why should it work for everyone else? I guess when you have everything to lose, you have to work as a unit. Bullets and torpedoes do not care whether you are gay or straight. Fans, though, do. Might they cause great harm to a player, more than they can possibly cope with? Yes they might, especially when it’s plastered over all the red tops next morning.
Tell it to friends of Justin Fashanu. He really did lose everything.
And also, with the transfer merry-go-round, good team mates or loyal fans one minute can be bitter opponents baying for blood the next.
The FA can clamp down on all this by ensuring penalties are enforced, on the pitch and on the terraces. The support has to be there, and until that is the case, they would be nuts to come out. The FA and the clubs haven’t even considered what they would do. The support for Sol Campbell last year was zero by the way.
If you are willing to demand that a player should come out and face all that (I urge you to read Graeme le Saux’ ‘left field’) – then the least you can do is stick a small rainbow flag on your best football shirt, and make yourself known in the crowds next time you go to support your team. And wear it every week. Otherwise it’s hypocrisy.