Survey reveals widespread support for gay soccer players
A new survey conducted by UK LGBTI charity and support group, Stonewall and Football Addicts, the developers of the Forza Football game, has revealed an overwhelming majority of people would support a player coming out as gay.
Ahead of the World Cup, the anonymous poll asked 30,000 football fans from 29 different countries if they would be comfortable if a player from their national team came out. Sweden and Denmark topped the list when it came to acceptance of homosexuality, with 79 percent of respondents saying they would be comfortable with a gay player.
The UK followed close behind with 73 percent acceptance for gay players. Portugal and Italy offered 69 and 68 percent respectively. Unsurprisingly the US only notched up a 52 percent acceptance of gay players.
James Taylor, head of policy at Stonewall said the results were encouraging but showed there was still work to be done.
“Over the last 10 years we have seen great strides in attitudes towards lesbian, gay and bisexual people,” said Taylor. “Sadly, our national game has not moved as far or as quickly as other parts of society. It’s clear that more needs to be done to tackle homophobia not just in football, but sport more generally.
“Stonewall will continue to work with the professional bodies and clubs at all levels to improve the game for gay players and gay fans. These stats show that our mission is just as vital today as ever.”
Image: Robbie Rogers is one of the only football players to come out as gay.