19th February 2014
Justin Fashanu would have been 53 today 4
5:21 PM — Norwich Football Club has paid tribute to the late gay footballer Justin Fashanu on what would have been his 53rd birthday.
17th February 2014
Poll: 76% of NFL players ‘comfortable’ in showering around a gay teammate 9
5:42 PM — A poll by ESPN claims 86% of NFL players surveyed would accept having an openly gay teammate - and that 76% would be comfortable showering around them.
Obama applauds gay Missouri football player Michael Sam for coming out 2
2:20 PM — President Barack Obama has praised University of Missouri football player Michael Sam for announcing he is gay ahead of a critical moment in his career.
13th February 2014
FA: We are making progress in tackling homophobia 4
1:05 PM — The Football Association says it’s making significant progress in tackling homophobia.
5th February 2014
Sports Minister praises Man United and Chelsea for backing Football v Homophobia campaign
2:13 PM — Sports and Equalities Minister Helen Grant has praised several Premier League football clubs for joining the Football v Homophobia campaign.
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.
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
Aston Villa fan David Cameron: I admire Thomas Hitzlsperger for coming out 8
6:46 PM — Prime Minister David Cameron has congratulated former premiership footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger for coming out as gay.
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".
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.
19th September 2013
Critics warn ‘Right Behind Gay Footballers’ slogan relies on ‘innuendo’ about gay sex 36
2:07 PM — The “Right Behind Gay Footballers” campaign by Stonewall and Paddy Power is relying on "sexualised innuendo and stereotypes about gay men" – according to the group Football v Homophobia.
Gary Lineker to wear anti-homophobia rainbow laces on Match of the Day 5
12:34 PM — Gary Lineker has requested a pair of rainbow laces so he can wear them on Saturday night's Match of the Day in support of a campaign against homophobia in football.
18th September 2013
Rugby star Gareth Thomas backs rainbow laces anti-homophobia in football campaign 1
5:16 PM — Former rugby player Gareth Thomas is supporting a new campaign against homophobia in football, which encourages professional footballers to wear rainbow laces on their boots.
20th August 2013
New book on the life of gay footballer Justin Fashanu to be released in the UK 4
7:09 PM — A British journalist and writer based in Canada has written a book about the life of the late gay footballer Justin Fashanu.