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Robbie Rogers: Most football fans are not homophobic

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  1. Personally I think it is the football institutions themselves who lag behind the fans, and far behind wider society as a result of the commercialism in the sport. Everyone on the gravy train is terrified of change in case they lose out. Greed has created a shackle for individual conscience, and few are willing to stick their heads up in case they get labelled a trouble maker.

    Guys like Robbie are not only acting as ground-breaking role models, but are showing that there are also a lot of good guys in the sport who will support people like him. I hope his example gives confidence not only to other lgbt sports people, but to those around them.

    1. I totally agree. In fact, I think it’s fair to say most institutions lag behind the fans/public in general. Think about it, the people at the top will only have reached the top after decades of hard work… most CEO’s, Politicians, etc. in high positions and decision making positions aka the ones in POWER are probably in the age range of 40 – 60-ish.

      Naturally, the old fogies lag behind the young’ns. Its a tale as old as time.
      Since accepting this view I’ve become much more peaceful in myself and my belief that I’ll be totally free of prejudice and bigotry in the future. It’s simply a matter of waiting for the old crows to squake.

      Some people say prejudice will never go away, but I disagree totally. Prejudice in all its forms wether racism, sexism, homophobia are learnt behaviours and we have every possibility of wiping these ancient bigotted views out for good. The conservative straight white male is finally losing his choke hold on the world and he’s absolutley hating it!

  2. How does Robbie know? Had he come out as a player he would have found out. I understand that Brighton & Hove Albion regularly suffer homophobic abuse on the guilt by association basis (though in many ways Hove is pretty ungay in my book).

    1. Gareth Thomas came out as gay while still a rugby player in Wales.
      Donal Og Cusack came out as gay while still a hurling player in Ireland.

      They both came out at the height of their careers and suffered no massively negative consequences.

      I think the problem with football was (and still is) that the FA refuses to offer any real support to a closeted player who wants to come out.

      Robbie Rogers is back playing football in the US. Perhaps the US equivalent of the FA is not so pathetic in dealing with homophobia among playersl, teams, management and fans.

      The FA in Britain is clearly useless.

  3. The problem with homophobia in football lies with the FA, not with the fans.

    The FA treats racism far more seriously than homophobia (proibably only because the anti-racism campaign in football is older.)

    The FA lends its support to canpaigns like ‘Kick it out’ but it refuses point blank to deal with homophobic bigotry by players or fans in any meaningful way.

    The FA needs to be reformerd from the top down, not from the bottom up.

  4. I think the author could learn more sensitive ways of describing the tragic death, so young, of Justin Fashinu, taken too soon, another sad death by suicide.

    Read the press guidelines Aaron. You let down Pink News with ignorance.

  5. It’s always been my belief and experience … the more homophobic someone is, the more likely they are gay and in denial. What other possible reason can there be for someone displaying such anti-gay sentiment except for it being driven by an inner-hatred of themselves? People who are comfortable with their sexuality are NEVER homophobic. If only the FA could get this message across, perhaps homophobes would be less inclined to project their self-hatred onto others.

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