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”.
2nd November 2012
Video: Dutch FA broadcasts pro-gay advert 8
1:20 PM — When it comes to highlighting the lack of openly gay footballers, the Dutch FA has decided to use humour in order to get its message across.
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.
14th September 2012
German gay footballers get support of Angela Merkel 34
10:25 AM — Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel has become the latest high-profile figure to tell gay footballers that they should not have anything to fear in being open with their sexuality.
13th September 2012
German gay footballer refuses to come out because of safety fears 37
11:54 AM — A top German footballer says he fears attacks from fans and even by other footballers if he goes public about his sexuality.
20th July 2012
Footballer Antonio Cassano fined €15,000 after hoping for ‘no gays on Italy squad’ 25
4:08 PM — Italian striker Antonio Cassano has been fined €15,000 for anti-gay comments he made in the run-up to the Euro 2012 championships.
19th March 2012
Groups’ caution over John Fashanu claims brother ‘was not gay but wanted attention’ 81
10:04 AM — Groups have warned that the late footballer should not be "put back in" the closet and ensure that support is on hand for anyone in a similar situation.
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.
30th November 2011
Italian Footballers’ Association head “would not recommend coming out” to players 20
2:51 PM — The President of the Italian Footballers' Association Damiano Tommasi has suggested gay players keep their sexuality quiet, because the sport is "different to every other profession".
30th August 2011
Gay cycling champion Graeme Obree warns gay athletes to stay in the closet 45
3:56 PM — Graeme Obree, the cycling champion who came out earlier this year, has warned other gay sportsmen and women not to follow his example. The 45-year-old athlete, known as the Flying Scotsman, revealed in January that he is gay and said he had twice to kill himself over his struggle to accept his sexual orientation.
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.
22nd June 2011
Nigerian women’s football team ‘eradicates lesbianism’ 111
2:32 PM — The Nigerian women's football team says it has successfully banned homosexuality among players. Coach Eucharia Uche claims that since she was hired in 2009, she has eradicated homosexuality from the squad.
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.
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
12th February 2010
Top footballers ‘refused to appear in anti-homophobia film’ 21
11:43 AM — Top-ranking footballers turned down requests to appear in the FA's anti-homophobia film because they feared being ridiculed on the pitch, it has been reported.
11th February 2010
Gay Football Supporters’ Network ‘extremely disappointed’ over postponed homophobia video 4
12:04 PM — The Gay Football Supporters' Network has questioned why the Football Association has backed down from releasing a video to tackle the problem of homophobic fans. The group said it was "extremely disappointed" to learn that the premiere of the video had been cancelled.
23rd December 2009
PR advisor Max Clifford repeats warnings over ‘vicious’ homophobic football fans 24
12:52 PM — PR guru Max Clifford has reiterated his advice to gay footballers to stay in the closet, saying the sport is "steeped in homophobia". He made his comments just after Welsh rugby player Gareth Thomas came out but said he could not imagine a premiership footballer doing the same.