LA Galaxy player Robbie Rogers: Football is controlled by racist sexist homophobes
Out LA Galaxy star Robbie Rogers has hit out at footballing body FIFA – and says is planning on ‘gaying up’ for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The former Leeds United footballer came out as gay in 2013 – and after retiring from English football, signed a contract to play for US team LA Galaxy.
The US footballer has previously lashed out at FIFA for awarding the World Cup to countries with anti-gay laws and poor human rights records, such as Russia and Qatar.
However, he says he will attend the tournament if it is hosted in Russia – but he won’t be going back in the closet to do so.
He told Chelsea Handler on Netflix show Chelsea Does: “In a perfect world it wouldn’t be in Russia – we’d boycott and they’d move it somewhere else.
“But that’s never going to happen. FIFA is corrupt… it’s run by racist, sexist homophobic dudes, who are in charge and put their buddies in charge.
It’s pretty bad.
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“If I were on the team I’d go – I’d have glitter, I’d make sure people knew I was gay so I could be present and people would know.
He joked: “I’d have, like, a tiara.”
Rogers explained previously: “I think what I’ve learned from my experience of coming out, and being present in the locker room, is that by being there it is more of a statement than boycotting or something like that.
“So if I were to go to Russia or Qatar then I would do it, and I would be extremely flamboyant about it.”
He said of attitudes in US Major League Soccer: “It’s very much changing in the MLS – I have friends in every team and they tell me how things have changed, the sensitivity to using certain words and stuff like that.
“That being said, the next two World Cups are in places that are extremely homophobic and there aren’t really any out footballers around Europe or South America so it hasn’t really changed that much.”
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