13th February 2014
I once used disgusting anti-gay language, admits former Professional Football Association chair 24
2:50 PM — Former Professional Footballers’ Association chairman Clarke Carlisle says he’s ashamed for previously using homophobic language.
10th January 2014
Professional Footballers’ Association predicts more gay players will be inspired to come out 4
11:56 AM — The chief executive of the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) predicts other gay footballers will come out following Thomas Hitzlsperger’s announcement this week.
6th August 2013
Professional Footballers’ Association issues advice to players on homophobic language 1
5:18 PM — Every single footballer in the Premier League and Football League will be requested to attend a session this season to receive guidance on homophobic language and where banter oversteps the mark.
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.
21st December 2012
Football Association Chairman: ‘No player should fear coming out as gay’ 9
1:25 AM — The Chairman of the FA, David Bernstein, has said that no football player should fear coming out of the closet, following a decision by the governing body to tackle discrimination.
17th September 2012
Clarke Carlisle: First UK gay footballer can expect a ‘commercial windfall’ 10
4:50 PM — Clarke Carlisle, the chairman of the Professional Footballers' Association, has told Inside Sport that the first English footballer to reveal that he is gay can expect to receive a commercial windfall from doing so.
12th February 2010
Elton John and rugby chief support homophobia video – but footballers stay silent 24
6:49 PM — Elton John, the chief of the Rugby Football Union and the gay Irish hurler Donal Óg Cusack have all given their support to the FA's anti-homophobia video but not a single footballer has come forward to condemn anti-gay abuse.
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.