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.
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.
12th July 2013
Germany: Football club to permanently fly rainbow flag against homophobia 4
12:44 AM — German second division football club St Pauli is to permanently fly a rainbow flag as a symbol against homophobia and discrimination, it announced on Thursday.
2nd July 2013
Robbie Rogers: I wish I’d know that everything would be okay after I came out as gay 2
5:11 PM — Openly gay US footballer Robbie Rogers has written a moving letter to his 14-year-old self, which carries a reassuring message and says that "people are becoming more accepting.
28th May 2013
Robbie Rogers to gay athletes: Coming out is ‘not going to hurt your career’ 3
1:28 PM — Openly gay LA Galaxy football player Robbie Rogers, has sent a message of hope to gay athletes who may be hesitating to come out, as he said "it will not hurt your career".
5th May 2013
Eight professional footballers reputed to be out to PFA, but won’t go public for fear of fan reactions 21
12:27 PM — At least eight professional footballers have come out as gay within the Football Association, but most say they fear going public because they anticipate a massive backlash.
30th April 2013
John Amaechi: The NBA is light years ahead of British football when it comes to dealing with gay players 8
11:05 AM — British football still has a long way to go in accepting gay players, retired basketball star John Amaechi has said.
29th March 2013
Ex-Leeds player Robbie Rogers: There’s no way I could have stayed in football after coming out as gay 23
11:22 AM — Robbie Rogers has explained why coming out as gay meant he had to retire immediately as a professional footballer, saying: "I don't think I would have been able to go training the next day".
28th March 2013
West Ham footballer Matt Jarvis: People ask my wife if I’m gay because of my Attitude magazine shoot 32
6:59 PM — West Ham footballer Matt Jarvis says posing topless for Attitude magazine has meant that people have asked his wife about his sexuality.
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.
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.
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.