26th March 2012
Video: French footballers’ ‘kiss’ goes viral and sparks new discussion about homophobia on the pitch 29
11:19 AM — A video clip of two French international footballers apparently kissing in front of a packed stadium has gone viral and entranced the French media. After scoring a goal in a friendly match against Germany, Olivier Giroud appeared to grab his teammate Mathieu Debuchy's face and kiss him on the lips.
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.
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.
24th December 2009
Gay basketball hero says clubs, not fans, are to blame for homophobia in sport 7
1:26 PM — Former NBA star John Amaechi has said it is coaches, executives and club owners who are to blame for homophobia in football. He was responding to PR advisor Max Clifford's comments earlier this week that "vicious" homophobic fans were part of the reason why so few gay sportsmen were willing to come out.
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.