The star criticises football's authorities and says the game needs to change radically before he would feel safe opening up. News correspondent inzyrashid. An unnamed Premier League footballer has revealed he is gay in an open letter, but isn't prepared to come out publicly. The star has opened up about the torment of keeping his sexuality a secret and has aimed the letter at authorities and fans, describing how he is taking a "huge step" in revealing his sexuality. Even writing that down in this letter is a big step for me.
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In 27 years, Stonewall FC has evolved from a few friends meeting for a kick about in Hyde Park to the most successful gay football team in the world. We went to watch the team train and talked with them about changing perceptions, winning international tournaments and its long-standing partnership with Barclays. The amateur gay football team has won nine out of the last 10 International Gay and Lesbian Football Association Championships — making them the most successful gay football team in the world. The club also competes in the Middlesex County League Premier Division, one of the highest levels of amateur football. As well as winning on a Saturday, the club is simultaneously building a community in which gay footballers can feel comfortable — not to mention proactively fighting against homophobia within the game.
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Research suggests attitudes among professionals have shifted immeasurably since Justin Fashanu became the first openly gay player almost 30 years ago. However when Milner is asked why so few gay male footballers have come out, he has no easy answers. A pop at the media. A lament at the bookies.
He was known by his early clubs to be gay, and came out publicly later in his career, becoming the first professional footballer to be openly gay. After moving to the United States, in he was questioned by police when a seventeen-year-old boy accused him of sexual assault. He was charged,   and an arrest warrant for him was issued in Howard County, Maryland on 3 April , but he had already left his flat.