So, Anders, the first step is the hardest?
Because supporting gay rights makes you gay…
What’s this got to do with Sweden?
This headline would take on a whole greater meaning had it been written for a North American readership. Soccer is not football over here!
Whats that got to do with anything? This article refers to a British-based footballer and is about a sport which virtually the entire world (with the exception of North America) has been calling “football” for well over 100 years.
Soccer is, in fact, a purely English term which derives from the early years of the game played in English public schools where the two types of football each had their abbreviated name. Hence, rugby football became known as “rugger” and association football became (a)soccer.
I feel better now.
Nick doesn’t realise the message of the piece, in which supposedly masculine sports institutions (of which soccer is not regarded as in North America) would benefit from having current out players. Think outside the box, Nick.
Yes but in many parts of the world, especially in Europe, THIS football is regarded as an extremely masculine sport. I don’t have the statistics to hand but I think you find it’s virtually the MOST popular sport in a huge amount of countries around the world (unlike most American sports it can claim to be a truly global sport).
So I ask again – what has the American perception of this sport got to do with anything relating to this article when huge parts of the rest of the world view it differently? I would politely suggest that it is YOU who should be a bit more knowledgable about things outside of North America, particularly regarding an article lke this that has virtually no relevance to North America anyway.
And to Mumbo Jumbo – the word “soccer” may have its origins in Britain/Europe but my point was almost nobody who follows or participates in the sport uses that name outside of North America.
So what you trying to say Anders….go on tell us….
Nice one fella – keeping the issue in the spotlight – just because he talks about a footballer coming out doesn’t suggest he’s gay. Get over it – I think he should be applauded – plus I’m a Man U fan!
some one has to be…lol
Footballer wants gay footballers to come out and he supports gay rights. Well he’s obviously gay then…grow up! Nice comments from a mature straight guy.
I think the latest Olympics shown how sport is really homophobic. Only 2 gay men out of thousands of athletes, from all different sports. The people will rather watch people with no legs run than people who’s only “disability” is that they are gay.
I came onto the comments section of this peice because I knew there would be some immature fools who would associate this player as wanting to ‘come out’. The sad fact is comments such as those will stop others from supporting the LGBT community because of the labels some will put on them. Yet it’s these people who are first to pipe up when we get a Winston McKenzie pop up in the news. Grow up people.