24th January 2012
Michael Ball fined £6,000 for anti-gay Antony Cotton tweet 34
9:56 AM — Leicester City player Michael Ball has been fined £6,000 by the FA for anti-gay comments he made on Twitter. Ball admitted the charge of bringing the game into disrepute with his expletive-peppered tweet.
23rd January 2012
Gareth Thomas favourite to win Celebrity Big Brother 16
12:07 PM — Gay rugby player, Gareth Thomas has been named as the favourite to win Celebrity Big brother according to the odds on several online bookmakers.
20th January 2012
Joey Barton: Gay footballers would face discrimination 22
2:07 PM — Central midfielder and Queens Park Rangers captain Joey Barton attributed gay professional footballers' fear of coming out to managers' discrimination.
18th January 2012
German FA head: Gay players should have ‘courage’ to come out 24
12:43 PM — The head of the German Football Association has again urged gay professional football players to come out. Theo Zwanziger spoke during a discussion on Tuesday at the Sportschule Hennef, which was centered on sexuality within professional sports.
Gareth Thomas in ‘£7m shandy takeover’ 15
11:54 AM — Gay rugby icon Gareth Thomas has reportedly taken over a Welsh drinks company along a former team-mate after deliberations about his career. The manufacturer says the drink is taking the club world "by storm".
17th January 2012
Unwitting British teen joins rainbow protest at Australian Open 12
1:29 PM — Rising British tennis star Laura Robson inadvertently found herself party to controversy surrounding a flag-waving protest at the Australian Open yesterday.
16th January 2012
Germany captain: Society cannot accept gay footballers 61
5:06 PM — Bayern Munich and German football captain Philipp Lahm does not believe society is ready to accept gay professional footballers, saying: “The football stadium is rarely politically correct. Football is like gladiatorial combat."
Call for rainbow flags as Australian Open starts 4
12:49 PM — As the Australian Open began today, a group is calling for fans to raise rainbow flags to protest in a "peaceful, non-disruptive" way against anti-gay comments made by former tennis champion Margaret Court. Flag-owners are being called on after the former world number one made inflammatory comments about gays last month.
Lee Steele apologises for ‘tongue-in-cheek’ Gareth Thomas tweet 16
10:42 AM — Sacked footballer Lee Steele has apologised for his comment about gay rugby star Gareth Thomas in a statement issued by his new club, Nantwich Town FC, but has been charged by the FA for bringing the game into disrepute.
11th January 2012
Oxford City dismisses player for Gareth Thomas tweet 57
2:01 PM — Oxford City FC said today it had released Lee Steele from his obligations to the club after the player posted a comment on Twitter which was "seriously contrary to the ethos of the club".
9th January 2012
Oxford City player misses match after Gareth Thomas tweet 67
12:29 PM — Lee Steele holds the record for the fastest-ever goal by a Leighton Orient player, managing to score in 12 seconds while playing for the club in 2004, but waited until the following day to delete his tweet about the gay rugby star.
6th January 2012
Gareth Thomas joins mixed line-up in Celebrity Big Brother 30
12:05 PM — The rugby star joined contestants of varying levels of fame for the new series of Celebrity Big Brother, but was not the only housemate MC Romeo Dunn thought was gay.
5th January 2012
Former tennis star Margaret Court “does not hate homosexual people” 80
10:47 AM — One-time world champion tennis star Margaret Court has denied she "hates" gays, saying she has them in her church and works with them, but has added that young people "need to know it's a choice".
22nd December 2011
Football stewards “will wear headcams” to prevent homophobic abuse 23
10:16 AM — Officials at Tottenham Hotspur's White Hart Lane stadium in London have confirmed they will wear head-mounted video cameras to monitor abusive chants at a match tonight.
20th December 2011
Caution follows further homophobic taunts at Brighton football match 10
12:16 PM — A London football fan who shouted homophobic abuse at a Brighton football match has been formally cautioned after discussing the incident in an online forum. The 18-year-old was warned verbally by Sussex Police after he shouted abuse at Brighton and Hove Albion fans following a match on 6 November.
15th December 2011
Former tennis star Margaret Court serves up controversy over gay marriage 94
1:27 PM — Margaret Court, once the world's number one female tennis player, well-known for her anti-gay views, has sparked a heated row with other former champions after saying gays were "aggressively demanding marriage rights that are not theirs to take."
12th December 2011
Fans say football clubs and agents to blame for lack of gay players 30
3:49 PM — A survey of 3,500 football fans says they blame football agents and clubs for the lack of openly gay players. According to the University of Staffordshire research, more than 90 per cent of those questioned said they would support a gay player and felt that homophobia has no place in the sport.
1st December 2011
Rugby stars don red boxers in order to ‘Stand Up, Stand Out’ 33
11:48 AM — Rugby stars and celebrities have lent their support to a campaign which urges the public to help support people living with HIV by wearing red this December. Harlequins rugby players slipped on the red boxers for World AIDS Day.
30th November 2011
Italian Footballers’ Association head “would not recommend coming out” to players 20
2:51 PM — The President of the Italian Footballers' Association Damiano Tommasi has suggested gay players keep their sexuality quiet, because the sport is "different to every other profession".
Rugby star Sacha Harding bares all for Elton John AIDS appeal 10
1:35 PM — Sacha Harding has posed nude for the front cover of Gay Times magazine to support Sir Elton John’s AIDS charity campaign. The magazine teamed up with the Elton John AIDS Foundation for its annual ‘Naked Issue’ which features 54 men.