Sky Sports correspondent Mark McAdam has come out as gay, saying he battled with being gay for years, and that he thinks gay footballers don’t come out “because of the fear”.

McAdam came out as gay in the latest issue of GT (Gay Times) magazine, and discussed not knowing at all how the public would react.

Having been a Sky Sports correspondent for seven years, McAdam said: “I don’t know of any other gay sports reporters. There’s nothing to compare this to.”

“I battled with my sexuality for years and years”, he said, discussing being heavily bullied at school, including being physically harmed.

“Only gay people will ever understand the trauma you go through about accepting your sexuality.”

Continuing, McAdam said: “The reason no Premier League footballer has come out is because of the fear… and the football clubs know billions and billions of pounds are at stake.”

He ends by saying he still loves football, and that there is a “clear divide” between his sexuality and his work. He says: “I love football, just the same as any straight guy.

“I watch football, I watch the darts, I sit around and scratch my bollocks and p*ss on the toilet seat. And I’m gay,”

The full interview is available in the latest edition of GT, here.