Gay Swedish footballer Anton Hysen signs for US team 1
1:35 PM — Anton Hysen has signed with fourth division US soccer team Myrtle Beach Mutiny.
8th January 2014
Football stars Joey Barton and Gary Lineker praise Thomas Hitzlsperger for coming out 5
1:39 PM — Figures in the world of football are praising former West Ham player Thomas Hitzlsperger, over his decision to announce that he is gay.
27th September 2013
Gay footballer Anton Hysen: I get calls from footballers who want to come out 20
7:47 PM — Gay footballer Anton Hysen says he's had a number of phone calls from anonymous footballers who want to come out.
21st March 2013
Study: 93% of football fans rate professional players by performance before sexuality 5
3:31 PM — A lecturer at Loughborough University has released results of a study into homophobia in football, which he says shows the majority of fans are tolerant of gay people and will even criticise anti-gay language.
17th February 2013
Gay rights group: ‘Sports in the US have reached a tipping point against homophobia’ 5
8:37 PM — The decision of 25-year-old former Leeds United football player Robbie Rogers, to come out last week, has been commended by gay rights activists, who have described this as a "tipping point" for sports.
4th January 2013
West Ham’s Matt Jarvis: Gay footballers would find support and play better if they came out 18
8:13 AM — West Ham footballer, Matt Jarvis, has appeared on the cover of Attitude magazine, and gave an interview saying gay footballers should come out, that they would be supported, and that they might even play better if they did.
30th November 2012
Gareth Southgate: Gay footballers ‘would be accepted’ in the dressing room 23
1:20 PM — Former England international Gareth Southgate believes footballers are ready to accept gay players in the dressing room.
26th November 2012
Manchester United’s Anders Lindegaard: Gay people need an out football star 14
2:11 PM — The Manchester United player Anders Lindegaard has called on closeted gay football players to come out because “gay people need a hero”.
12th November 2012
Ex-footballer: Gay rumours ‘hurt’ my career 16
5:56 PM — Ian Bishop, a former footballer who played for Everton and Manchester City, says gossip about his sexuality may have undermined his chances of being selected to play for his country at the top level.
2nd November 2012
Video: Dutch FA broadcasts pro-gay advert 8
1:20 PM — When it comes to highlighting the lack of openly gay footballers, the Dutch FA has decided to use humour in order to get its message across.
23rd October 2012
Q&A: Swedish gay footballer Anton Hysen 12
4:52 PM — Anton Hysen, the world’s only openly gay professional footballer, says his life has changed dramatically for the better, following his decision to come out eighteen months ago.
4th October 2012
Puerto Rican pro boxer comes out as gay 26
11:40 AM — Puerto Rican featherweight Orlando Cruz has said that he is indeed a gay man.
11th September 2012
Footballer says UK gay players ‘frightened’ to come out due to ‘media’ pressure 10
4:21 PM — York City FC player Clarke Carlisle has given an exclusive interview to the Gay Football Supporters’ Network (GSFN) where he discusses homophobia in the sport and the possibility of gay players coming out publicly.
25th May 2011
Online football forums ‘filled with anti-gay hate’ 93
2:45 PM — Internet forums for football fans contain shocking attitudes towards homosexuality, a study suggests. The research, carried out by LGBT and sports campaigner Lindsay England, looked at 8,000 forum threads containing homophobic abuse.
20th May 2011
German football captain warns gay players will face abuse 40
10:32 AM — Germany's football captain has warned that gay players will face verbal abuse if they decide to come out of the closet. Bayern Munich star Philipp Lahm, 27, said he would welcome gay players but claimed they would face difficulties.
6th May 2011
Gay footballer Anton Hysen on coming out 63
11:47 AM — The world's only openly gay footballer, Anton Hysen, says others in the closet should not worry about fans' reactions. The Swedish star, 20, came out earlier this year, declaring that it was "f**ked up" that no other players had done so.
5th May 2011
Blackburn Rovers fans charged over racist and anti-gay chants
2:27 PM — Two Blackburn Rovers fans have appeared in court charged with shouting racist and homophobic abuse at players. The match was a Cup game between Rovers and Queens Park Rangers on January 8th.