19th December 2012
US: Baseball player apologises for tweeting homophobic slur 1
1:55 AM — A New York Mets baseball player has apologised after he used a homophobic slur in a twitter conversation with a friend earlier this month.
18th December 2012
Liverpool midfielder Suso fined £10,000 by FA for calling teammate ‘gay’ 17
4:13 PM — Liverpool's Suso has been fined £10,000 by the Football Association for calling teammate Jose Enrique “gay” after the player tweeted a photo of Enrique having his teeth whitened.
17th December 2012
Russian football fan club: Please, no gay or black players in our team 20
12:35 PM — A group representing the supporters of a Russian football team say they don’t want gay or black players in their team – but deny it’s got anything to do with bigotry.
9th December 2012
Swedish football team sacks its entire first squad for homophobic abuse 15
3:26 AM — A Swedish football team has sacked its entire first squad for chanting homophobic slurs at a rival team, made up mainly of LGBT people, and encouraging fans to do the same.
6th December 2012
Football needs a gay ‘champion’ says rugby referee Nigel Owens 4
5:15 PM — Rugby referee Nigel Owens is backing a campaign to tackle homophobic attitudes in sport and says football would benefit from having a gay “champion” in the same way Gareth Thomas took up the mantle for rugby.
5th December 2012
Gay football group criticise Daily Mail over Joey Barton article 17
8:29 PM — The Gay Football Supporters Network (GSFN) has criticised the Daily Mail for publishing an article suggesting footballer Joey Barton would make a suitable “gay hero” for the sport, because it trivialises the debate about homophobia in football.
Joey Barton threatens to sue Daily Mail over ‘gay hero’ article 61
4:05 PM — Footballer Joey Barton says he may sue the Daily Mail newspaper after it published an article that suggested he should become football’s “gay hero”.
30th November 2012
Liverpool footballer Suso brands teammate ‘gay’ for having teeth whitened 24
4:07 PM — Liverpool footballer Suso has described his fellow teammate Jose Enrique as “gay” after he was pictured having his teeth whitened.
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”.
23rd November 2012
Scottish footballer who called bar staff ‘poofs’ fined £800 14
7:24 PM — A Scottish footballer charged with making homophobic threats to staff at a nightclub in Edinburgh has been fined £800.
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.
US: Soccer player fined, suspended, and given sensitivity training for using gay slur 10
1:28 AM — The highest level governing body in US soccer has punished a player who used a gay slur against another player during a match on Thursday.
5th November 2012
US: Chris Kluwe quits blog because of anti-equal marriage editorial 7
11:44 PM — NFL player, Chris Kluwe, has quit his blog at an online daily newspaper, due to an editorial published by the site's editors which, he said, expresses an anti-equal marriage stance which goes against the political neutrality it claims to have.
24th October 2012
Chris Kluwe: First openly gay NFL player will have ‘biggest marketing opportunity in 50 years’ 1
9:58 PM — Equal marriage advocate and NFL Football player, Chris Kluwe has spoken about the possible marketing and endorsement opportunities, surrounding the first openly gay NFL player, whoever that may be.
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.
11th October 2012
US: NFL player starts controversy by tweeting a gay ‘joke’ 32
9:43 PM — An NFL football player in the US has been the subject of heavy criticism, after tweeting a joke which was considered by many as homophobic.
10th October 2012
Scotland: Footballer’s homophobic assault trial begins
12:30 PM — A Scottish footballer “disguised” himself to get into a nightclub and then hurled homophobic abuse at workers who threw him out, a court has heard.
2nd October 2012
US: Football player voices opposition to equal marriage, says ‘marriage is in trouble’ 50
12:27 AM — The question of NFL players being allowed to speak out in favour of equal marriage has been a contentious issue recently, and those opposed to the idea are beginning to voice their opinions too.
23rd September 2012
Chris Kluwe: There’s a shift occuring in the NFL right now 7
5:52 PM — An NFL footballer has spoken out again, since sending an impassioned letter to a delegate who had asked for a fellow footballer in Baltimore to be silenced over his pro-equal marriage stance.