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Gay Players...Appreciated or Unwelcome?

Gay Players...Appreciated or Unwelcome?

Had this through this morning from theacademic:

I am carrying out an anonymous survey on fans' views towards gay football players.

This is in response to the Premier League dropping a campaign on this issue and Max Clifford claiming that 'football is steeped in homophobia'.

We want to assess how fans feel about this. Our pilot data was published in The Observer on Sunday and discussed again on The Nolan show on Radio 5Live on Sunday evening and BBC Radio Leeds and Stoke this week.

The address is: and the site is being managed by Staffordshire University.

If you could keep the article comments respectful it would be appreciated!!! Now what image do I use?!

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Friday June 4 2010
Time: 10:54AM


what any player gets up to OFF the pitch has little interest to me, their sexuality even less so. It is what they do on the pitch that matters, however I do think ignorance reigns and abuse would follow. Not sure players need to talk about their sexuality either way really do they? Neither do they need to be ashamed either way.
The Fear
04/06/2010 10:57:00
Agree with Fear --- Personaly don't give a monkeys as long as they can play.....
04/06/2010 11:01:00
Appreciated or unwelcome? Neither. I'll show appreciation to a good footballer, their sexual orientation has no baring on this. I've never understood the whole homophobic thing, but that as well I've never understood the gay pride thing either. Should I be proud because I like women? We are what we are, there's no need to put a label on it. Footballers play football, and if they're good players, then they have tmy respect. Gender, race, sexual preference.....means nothing.
04/06/2010 11:04:00
It's an indictment on our society that gay footballers don't feel they can 'come out'. When this is discussed, you get the dinosaur pros saying that it would be bad for the dressing room and team morale and the terraces just wouldn't accept it. These are poor excuses and we should work harder as a society to be more inclusive. I don't have particularly liberal political views, but where our society is concerned I feel we need to be more accepting and inclusive. Personally I couldn't care less about the sexuality of any of the players at VP (it's not like they can help it!) or any other visiting players. It's got nothing to do with football.
04/06/2010 11:36:00
Wouldn't work as they would be more worried about breaking a nail or getting their shorts dirty to put in a challenge.
04/06/2010 11:38:00
RoyalVilla, you say its an indictment on our society that gay footballers don't feel they can 'come out'. It can be argued that it is an indicment on society that some people are either gay or are accepted for being gay by some people. Just because some people aren't as liberal and accepting of sodomy as others doesn't necessarily make them dinosaurs. In the same way as I wouldn't say that someone who has pro gay views is a queer lover.
04/06/2010 12:08:00
aston guerilla, linking sexuality to racism is so far wide of the mark as to be not worth discussing. As an old soldier, I would go to war with any bloke you could depend on for your life, black, white or whatever. However you couldn't live in the closed rank environment that still operates, if you are worried that one of the blokes is going to crawl into your sleeping bag or is checking your ass every time you have a shower. If a gay Villa player scored 30 goals a season for the Villa would I cheer the goals? Of course I would? Do I agree with homosexuality and sodomy? No I don't. Given a choice, would I want our club represented by a bloke who plays Mommy (or Daddy if that is the case) with his boyfriend. No thank you. The thought of Gabbi in a bra is a something that doesn't really appeal though lol
04/06/2010 12:18:00
kreskivilla, I am sure somebody gay could make a pass. They could shoot, but may have had a little dribble first. And as for head, that would probably be the strongest part of their game. They are also very pleased that ends are changed at half time. But the biggest danger would be in them deliberately playing poorly, so that the manager has to pull them off.
04/06/2010 12:22:00
It's funny that you bring this topic up Fear, it has been in the media big time in australia because one of our local Aussie rules plaers said that the game wasn't ready for a gay player to come out. And then said to stay in the closet, well it didn't go down very well and he has now been suspended (which was probably a bit excessive). It will take guts it a footballer comes out because he will be completely ridiculed by the fans but someone has to start the ball rolling and well done when they do.
04/06/2010 12:24:00
I'm sure there are gay players in the premier league, but they know how much abuse they would get (e.g. stick from fans) if they came out. It would be a source of banter for away fans, but perhaps some players wouldn't deal well with it
04/06/2010 12:32:00
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