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Committee ponders: ‘Why are there no out gay players in the UK football league?’
Apr09

Committee ponders: ‘Why are there no out gay players in the UK football league?’

CREATED ON // Saturday, 09 April 2016 Author // Andrew Shaw

UK MPs have launched an inquiry into homophobia in sport.

Parliament’s Culture, Media and Sport select committee announced the inquiry this week amidst questions of why there are no openly gay players in the premier league of British football.

The CEO of Premiership team Arsenal recently said he is “absolutely convinced” players will come out in the near future – but so far none have been willing to come forward.

The investigation will look at a range of issues – including the response to homophobia in sports, the experiences of gay sportspeople, and how homophobia is being tackled at school.

The previous Culture, Media and Sport Committee conducted an inquiry on Racism in Football – a key conclusion of which was that homophobia was identified as emerging as a bigger problem than other forms of discrimination.

“With this in mind, the Culture, Media and Sport Committee is holding an inquiry to examine the issue of homophobia specifically, and to take into account a broader range of sports beyond football.

“It is notable that there are currently no openly gay footballers in Scotland and England’s professional divisions and homophobic abuse remains commonplace at matches and online. It is also the case that abusive posts are sent to football players on social media once every 2.6 minutes.

“The Committee would also like to hear opinions on why sportspeople – often lauded as role models – are fearful of being open about their sexuality.”

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Andrew Shaw

Andrew Shaw

Andrew Shaw is editor of QP [queensland pride magazine].

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