For the last three months I have been investigating how homophobia in football is being dealt with by those within the game and those ruling the game. Football has always had its problems and has always been in the spotlight for a number of reasons.
Football is truly the national sport of England, and therefore it carries a massive amount of responsibility in dealing with problems within society. The great efforts by The FA and FIFA to kick racism out of football has certainly made an impact with the punishment for racist abuse being unquestionable now.
Where racism has made great strides forwards, some would argue that homophobic abuse still remains in the game and still needs to be dealt with appropriately. It is not a recent problem, Justin Fashanu suffered years of homophobic abuse before he sadly took his life and Chelsea’s Graeme Le Saux was targeted by fans and even fellow professionals despite never being gay.
After Thomas Hitzlsperger announced he was gay earlier this month, gay professionals within football have become a national talking point with some describing Thomas as a role model for other professionals who want to announce their sexuality to team mates and the public.
The question remains, is football ready to accommodate an openly gay professional like rugby has with Gareth Thomas? The following investigation aims to discover what is being done to eradicate homophobia by The Football Association. Many say the governing body of football has not and are not doing enough to help gay professional players. To find out, an interview at The FA’s headquarters in Wembley beckons.
Full interviews with those featured in this radio feature are available at the KickOutGayAbuse blog which can be found in the menu bar at the top of this page. If you have any comments or questions about my journey please feel free to leave them below.[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/132416450″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_artwork=true” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]