28th January 2014
Former Arsenal goalkeeper: Coming out ‘would be nuts’ because football ‘is a man’s sport’ 36
6:53 PM — Former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann says gay footballers should stay in the closet.
25th January 2014
Football fans on gay semi-pro player coming out: ‘If you live in the real world, it’s not an issue’ 10
8:17 AM — Fans of Gainsborough Trinity, the team of a recently out semi-professional footballer, have offered a supportive response to his announcement that he is gay.
17th January 2014
Comment: What would happen if a gay premiership star came out and continued playing football? 5
7:16 PM — Following the recent decision of retired player Thomas Hitzlsperger to come out as gay, Stonewall FC footballer and employment lawyer Jamie Feldman looks at the potential ramifications of a current gay premiership star coming out and staying in the game.
15th January 2014
UK: Footballer accused of making anti-gay gesture has trial delayed due to appendix op
10:58 AM — A footballer accused of making a homophobic gesture to Brighton fans during a Championship match has been postponed because he has had his appendix removed.
11th January 2014
Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler: Being gay in football isn’t a problem now 31
4:28 PM — Former star Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler who has in the past been accused of homophobic taunting, has said he thinks it "wouldn't be a problem" for a footballer to be openly gay now.
10th January 2014
Footballer Robbie Rogers: I was left ‘scarred’ by homophobic language at school 3
4:43 PM — US footballer Robbie Rogers says he was left “scarred” hearing homophobic language at school, meaning he felt unable to be open about his sexuality until last year.
Professional Footballers’ Association predicts more gay players will be inspired to come out 4
11:56 AM — The chief executive of the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) predicts other gay footballers will come out following Thomas Hitzlsperger’s announcement this week.
9th January 2014
NBA star John Amaechi: Football will always be ‘toxic’ towards gay players with Sepp Blatter in charge 5
1:35 PM — FIFA President Sepp Blatter is presiding over a 'toxic' atmosphere in football when it comes to gay players, says retired basketball star John Amaechi.
Thomas Hitzlsperger: There’s ‘a long way to go’ before a premiership star comes out and continues playing 11
10:49 AM — Ex-premiership footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger says there is "a long way to go" before there will be an openly gay man playing in top league football.
8th January 2014
Minister for Sport: Great that Thomas Hitzlsperger is out but homophobia causes too many to hide 6
4:47 PM — Minister for Sport and Equalities Helen Grant has praised former West Ham and German international Thomas Hitzlsperger for announcing that he’s gay.
Nick Clegg: Football star Thomas Hitzlsperger’s decision to come out is brave and courageous 17
3:12 PM — Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has praised former premiership player Thomas Hitzlsperger for announcing that he’s gay.
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.
Former West Ham and Everton midfielder comes out as gay 16
12:02 PM — Former Aston Villa, West Ham and Everton midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger has announced he is gay, saying "I've never been ashamed of the way I am".
7th January 2014
FA equality adviser who called gays ‘detestable’, resigns 46
7:32 PM — An ex-footballer who described gay people as "detestable", and who was appointed as an equality advisor to the Football Association (FA), has stepped down.
Uganda: Former national football team coach charged with sodomy
2:10 PM — The former head of Uganda’s national football team has been charged with “sodomising both male and female youths” – although campaigners claim it could be just the latest example of a homophobic witch hunt.
3rd January 2014
Bournemouth fan evicted for making anti-gay chants during Brighton match 4
1:59 PM — A Bournemouth football fan ended up being evicted from Brighton and Hove Albion’s Amex Stadium due to alleged homophobic chanting.
29th December 2013
England Women’s football captain: ‘I’d like to see a day when male players aren’t afraid to come out’ 10
12:43 PM — The captain of the England Women’s football squad has said she would like to see the day when men's football can be just as accepting of gay players as women's football, emphasising the need for fans of the sport to "get some perspective."
19th December 2013
Former Leeds player Robbie Rogers: ‘Everything is possible’ I might return to English football 3
2:21 PM — Ex-Leeds midfielder Robbie Rogers has not ruled out the possibility of a return to English soil, after being taken by surprise at the positive response from supporters following his decision to come out as gay this year.
9th December 2013
Trans woman footballer banned from local team until two years after gender confirmation operation 8
1:56 PM — A transgender footballer is prohibited by the Football Association from playing competitively for her local team in Leeds until two years after her gender confirmation surgery.
2nd December 2013
Leeds United promotes gay equality through Stonewall’s diversity programme 2
4:39 PM — Leeds United is the first football club in Britain to take part in Stonewall's Diversity Champions programme to promote greater equality in the sport.