3rd February 2012
Comment: Football needs a culture change, not a gay role model 42
11:35 AM — While football may be dragging itself into the 21st century, Amal Fashanu only scratched the surface. The FA has to show leadership and actions, not empty platitudes, Adrian Tippetts argues.
2nd February 2012
Premier League clubs sign anti-homophobia charter 7
4:43 PM — The twenty football clubs which make up the Premier League have signed the Sports Charter aiming to tackle homophobia and transphobia in sport.
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.
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.
16th January 2012
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.
30th August 2011
German football captain Philipp Lahm says gay players should not come out 38
11:02 AM — Gay footballers should stay in the closet, German football captain Philipp Lahm has said. The Bayern Munich captain, 27, wrote in his autobiography The Subtle Difference that bullied gay players could be driven to kill themselves.
11th August 2011
Steven Gerrard voted hottest footballer by gay fans 26
12:42 PM — Gay football fans have voted Liverpool and England midfielder Steven Gerrard the hottest premiership player. The Gaydar survey of 4,276 men put Chelsea's Fernando Torres in second place, while teammate Frank Lampard was third.
1st July 2011
FIFA criticises Nigeria’s football coach over ‘lesbian ban’ 16
5:35 PM — The governing body of football, FIFA, has criticised the coach of the Nigerian women's football team for saying she had forced out lesbian players. Last week, coach Eucharia Uche told the New York Times that since she was hired in 2009, she has eradicated homosexuality from the squad.
23rd June 2011
Comment: Why it’s vital to kick homophobia out of sport, by David Cameron 152
3:06 PM — Writing exclusively for PinkNews.co.uk, prime minister David Cameron says sport is at the heart of the nation and more must be done to stop homophobia and encourage positive role models.
22nd June 2011
David Cameron says UK will pressure Africa on gay rights 274
8:45 PM — After kicking off his speech with a risqué joke about queens, prime minister David Cameron told guests at a Downing Street LGBT reception that the government would keep working on LGBT issues.
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.
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.
15th March 2011
Comment: Equality minister Lynne Featherstone on the drive to tackle homophobia in sport 51
4:36 PM — As a Liberal Democrat in government, fighting for a more equal society is my driving force and I am lucky to be in a position as minister for equalities to be able to do so much. But sometimes you are reminded that simple government diktat doesn’t change much.
1st February 2011
Support for Football V Homophobia Day 11
5:21 PM — The Justin Campaign's Football V Homophobia Day has received support from football's equality body Kick It Out and the FA. The annual day, in February, is now in its second year and encourages teams at all levels to tackle homophobia.
3rd December 2010
Gay groups’ anger at ‘homophobic’ World Cup hosts Russia and Qatar 24
2:47 PM — Gay groups have said they are "deeply concerned" by FIFA's decision to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar respectively. Homosexuality is illegal in Qatar and can be punished with lashes and jail, while the Russian capital of Moscow has banned gay Pride marches for years.
12th November 2010
German footballer Mario Gomez says gay players should come out 1
12:01 PM — Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez has urged gay footballers to come out of the closet. The player told German magazine Bunte that homosexuality was a "taboo topic" in sport, Die Zeit reports
11th November 2010
Croatian football chief says sorry for anti-gay comments 19
4:07 PM — The president of the Croatian Football Federation, Vlatko Markovic, has apologised for offending gay people after he said that there was no place for homosexuality on the country's national team.
10th November 2010
Croatian football president bans gays from national team 8
11:23 AM — The president of the Croatian Football Federation, Vlatko Markovic, has said that there is no place for gay players on the country's national team. Croatian gay and lesbian groups have said they will sue him and report him to UEFA for the outburst.