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Joey Barton: ‘The bureaucrats in football aren’t taking homophobia seriously’

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  1. He’s absolutely right. Just like school teachers during the time of the notorious Section 28, football’s heirarchy is scared of saying anything which might leave them open to ridicule – or worse. But it HIGH time someone was brave enough to make a stand.

  2. He should name some names.

    We all know that the FA institutionally homophobic.

    Let’s have these bureaucrats names so we can get them sacked.

  3. That There Other David 17 Sep 2013, 12:43pm

    Joey Barton completely hits the nail on the head here. It’s not the players, it’s not the fans, it’s the people at the top that are preventing progress.

  4. It’s so great he gets it, I’ve noticed all the best allies and the straight folk who ‘get it’ usually have a gay brother or an uncle or something; they can actually put a face and some memories when they talk about us unlike the people who don’t actually know any gay people (usually homophobes)

  5. Robert in S. Kensington 17 Sep 2013, 1:00pm

    Maybe some of the bureaucrats at the top are closet cases.

    1. I was once told by a VERY reliable source (a former professional player) that football was ‘rife’ (to use their expression) with man-on-man action.
      Pro footballers spend a lot of time together – training, sharing hotel rooms, socialising, etc. It wouldn’t be at all surprising if they formed close attachments. I’ve always believed that the more institutionally homophobic an organisation, the more ‘suspect’ it is. Soccer (and religions, of course) are among the last bastions of homophobia – it having been already tackled in the armed forces, police and fire-service. Football needs to get its act together.

  6. Good on Joey. He’s practically the only footballer who speaks up/out for LGBT rights in football, which is lamentable. Was also lamentable when Robbie Rogers came out and felt he had to immediately leave English football. He’s been welcomed to MLS with open arms in the states, but would most likely have faced huge homophobia from idioic fans if he’d stayed here.

    I really hope the rainbow laces thing works this weekend. Small steps like this will hopefully lead to gradual acceptance.

  7. Ho have you not posted anything about how this rainbow shoelace thing is being organised by the same betting firm that brought you the “spot the trannys” competition at Cheltenham in 2012

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