Gay Premier League star signs open letter admitting fear of going out


A Premier League gay footballer admitted he was afraid to go out in an anxious open letter.The star, who is not yet ready to reveal her identity, says that only certain family members and a “small group” of friends are aware of her sexuality.

He confirms that neither his teammates nor his manager know that he is gay, but “very much hopes” that he will be able to tell them “one day soon”.

In a letter published in the Sun by the Justin Fashanu Foundation – which supports the player – he writes: “I am gay. Even writing it in this letter is a big step for me.

“How do you feel about having to live like this?” This can be a nightmare every day. And it is affecting my mental health more and more.

“I feel trapped and my fear of revealing the truth about who I am will only make things worse. “

Premier League star wrote open letter admitting fear of going out

There are currently no overtly gay or bisexual players in the UK, Watford forward Troy Deeney recently speculating that each team has at least one.

He said, “Once the first one comes out, there would be charges. ”

The FA offered “full support”, while the PFA said it “welcomed the opportunity to work alongside any player who chooses to go out.”

Former Norwich player Justin Fashanu committed suicide in 1998 at the age of 37, eight years after becoming Britain’s first gay player.

Justin Fashanu during his days in Norwich

His niece Amal Fashanu created the Justin Fashanu Foundation on behalf of his uncle last year. It aims to help eliminate homophobia and racism in football and to raise mental health problems.

Amal, 31, said, “I created the foundation because I don’t want what happened to Justin to happen to another player.

“They can end up in a soccer bubble where they can’t be who they are, and it’s scary.

She added, “It can really hurt an individual’s mental health. You may feel lonely and scared and end up doing things that you may regret and that could lead to a tragedy.

“They can trust me enough to open up and I can find them the right help.”


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