FA chairman feels ashamed of homophobia in sport
The FA chairman Greg Clarke has admitted to the Culture, Media and Sport committee that he feels ashamed that gay Premier League players feel unsafe to come out.
Clarke suggested any player who came out was likely to bear the brunt of homophobic attacks and promised he would do all he could to change the nature of the game and make football more inclusive.
“There would be significant abuse because we haven’t cracked the problem. I am cautious of encouraging people to come out until we do our part of the bargain and stamp out abuse,” Clarke said.
‘I would be amazed if we haven’t got gay players in the Premier League. But before we encourage people to come out we must provide the safe space where they have the expectation to play or watch football and not get abused.
‘We’re not in denial. We may not have figured out how to crack it yet but there’s a deep loathing of that sort of behaviour within football.’
Clarke made the comments whilst being questioned by MPs as part of the UK government’s inquiry into the governance of football.