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Gay Premier League footballer ‘undergoing therapy’ over fears of fan abuse

A report has claimed that a Premier League footballer believes he “will be crucified” if he comes out as gay and has undergone therapy in fear of homophobic abuse from fans

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A gay Premier League footballer is undergoing therapy over fears of abuse from fans, according to a report.

The top-flight star said his situation is “terrifying” and that he “will be crucified” if he comes out as homosexual.

Former Norwich City striker and England youth international Justin Fashanu came out in 1990 and took his own life eight years later following his retirement.

Since then, there has not been an active player from England’s top tier to follow in Fashanu’s footsteps by publicly revealing that they are gay.

The Sun report that campaigner Amal Fashanu, his niece, has spoken to the unnamed Premier League player, who believes he should be able to come out without being subjected to abuse in 2021.

But the star believes some supporters on the terraces are ‘still in the 1980s,’ when the topic of homosexuality was more taboo.



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Last year, it was reported that two players who ply their trade in the top flight had come out to their family and close friends, with one telling The Sun that they were “too scared” to make their sexuality public.

Amal says she has has introduced the pair to each other, with both set to attend an event in London next March to raise awareness around the subject.

“In 2021, when we have never been so woke as a society, it feels like it should be the perfect time for a top-level player to come out,” the 33-year-old campaigner stated when speaking to the newspaper.

“But the reality is that homophobia, especially online, is more prevalent than ever. We need to protect these players.



Justin Fashanu took his life in 1998 eight years after coming out as gay




“I am in constant dialogue with the FA about what can be done but, unfortunately, it’s an unprecedented situation so it’s hard to put in place measures for a situation that hasn’t yet occurred.”

English Football League referee James Adcock recently came out, appearing on an interview with the BBC’s LGBT Sport Podcast to coincide with National Coming Out Day.

“As I was going from part-time to full-time in football, some knew and some didn’t,” Adcock said in discussion with presenter Jack Murley.

“Now all my colleagues know, and it’s just the norm.









“And, to be honest, there’s been interest from colleagues saying, ‘I’m proud of you James, that you’re able to be openly gay in sport,’ because they know the barriers that are still in place.”

The EFL official continued: “They’re fully supportive and don’t change the way they are around me or the way they speak to me because they thought I was a heterosexual guy, and now they find out I’m a gay guy.

“I don’t need to wear a T-shirt saying: ‘I’m James Adcock and I’m a gay guy.’ People know and just accept it.

“I’ve not had any homophobic abuse thrown at me, and I can’t tell you a story where I’ve had to combat or overcome that.”

*For free support and advice on LGBT issues, you can contact Stonewall UK and/or LGBT Foundation.


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