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.
18th September 2013
Premier League says ‘individual clubs and players’ can decide on anti-homophobia rainbow laces 9
4:58 PM — The Premier League has said that it will leave the decision on whether or not to wear rainbow laces as part of an anti-homophobia campaign to "individual clubs and players."
16th September 2013
Joey Barton becomes first footballer to wear anti-homophobia rainbow laces 17
2:09 PM — Football star Joey Barton says “people’s sexuality shouldn't be an issue” in the sport
3rd April 2013
Joey Barton makes transphobic ‘ladyboy’ Twitter slur at Brazilian footballer 18
12:11 PM — English footballer Joey Barton, currently playing for Olympique de Marseilles, lashed out with transphobic comments about Brazilian player Thiago Silva on Twitter today.
6th December 2012
Football needs a gay ‘champion’ says rugby referee Nigel Owens 4
5:15 PM — Rugby referee Nigel Owens is backing a campaign to tackle homophobic attitudes in sport and says football would benefit from having a gay “champion” in the same way Gareth Thomas took up the mantle for rugby.
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”.
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.