Friday 28 July 2017

Gay rugby star urges FA to break down prejudice

Ian Burrell in London

FORMER Welsh rugby captain Gareth Thomas has urged the English Football Association to make a public statement in support of gay footballers to break down homophobic prejudice in the game. Speaking in a BBC documentary, Britain's most high-profile, openly gay sportsman claims talented players would continue to be frightened away from a professional career unless the sport took action to create a more welcoming atmosphere.

"I think if the FA were to make a statement saying . . . we will stamp on anything, then it would create a safer environment that's comfortable for the footballers," said Mr Thomas (37).

He was interviewed for a documentary, 'Britain's Gay Footballers', which is to be shown on BBC3 tonight.

It is presented by Amal Fashanu, a model whose uncle, Justin Fashanu, was the last openly-gay professional footballer. The former Norwich City and Nottingham Forest striker, who suffered homophobic abuse after coming out, committed suicide in 1998. (©Independent News Service)

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