27th February 2013
Rugby star Ben Cohen: ‘I think there is a bit of a witch hunt to find a gay footballer’ 9
3:41 PM — Rugby star Ben Cohen has exclusively told PinkNews.co.uk that he believes the continuous media debate surrounding the absence of an openly gay professional footballer in the UK can amount to a "witch hunt".
25th February 2013
Comment: The loss of Robbie Rogers should shame football into action 6
3:43 PM — Fears for the wellbeing of an out gay footballer may be overrated, but Robbie Rogers' retirement shows we've been spectators to bigotry and stupidity for too long, writes Adrian Tippetts for PinkNews.co.uk
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.
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
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”.
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.