Have avoided this thread, but I will comment.
I really hope it's true, the Premier League for all it's money grabbing, corruption and whatever else, is still the most viewed league in the world of football (the most popular sport in the world). I've been a football fan all my life, and believe me I have done the journey any prospective 'closet footballer' may have done.
Society has moved on a lot, but for example when I was younger and not out I went to a match between Villa and West Ham, they had just signed Matthew Upson (who was wrongly rumoured to be gay) and he got injured as he does in the warm up, he lasted seven minutes and when he went off he got chants of HIV HIV HIV. I promise i'll find the Youtube video to validate that even though it shames my own fans.
I come from a very strict catholic family, but every person has their own desires and their own attractions. When I first realised I was gay I fought it to the hilt, I thought of a wife and grandchildren. So I eventually came out and it was a huge relief but I had dark moments (darker than I could describe on this forum, but still I was proud and relieved) similarly, I was ao boosted about the reaction of members on here when they heard, all amazingly supportive.
I love the open minded members on here, and how they say it doesn't matter what someone likes, but if you've never lived it you can't comment with any authority. I would be so so proud of any footballer who had the balls to just go and say it. Don't think that report is inaccurate but I don't think said players would do it because who wants to go to a ground and get the abuse and the name calling....and it'll always happen.
I would love to see it happen, and whatever team even Birmingham i'd support that courage, but it's still a taboo in football even if it isn't in society. I know an Aston Villa player who is homosexual, not part of that report, and will never come out, and from someone who considered his own life in his journey to acceptance, I think that says a lot.
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