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Gay Footballers Poll + Phase Two Research

Gay Footballers Poll + Phase Two Research

I recently posted an anonymous survey on fans' views towards gay football players.

See previous article and comments: Click Here

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. The response to phase 1 has been terrific (over 2000 replies in 3 weeks!). Here are some of the main findings from phase 1:
· 93% Of fans think there is no place for homophobia in football

· 7% think that football is no place for gays

· 60% Want gay players to "be brave" and come out

· 40% Don`t want gay players to come out, most think it`s a strictly private matter

· 90%+ Think the only thing that matters in football is how the player plays ... not his sexual preferences

· 80%+ Think Max Clifford, who said football is stuck in the "dark ages" is part of the problem not the solution

· 60%+ Disagree with Gordon Taylor`s "cowardly" decision not to support an anti-homophobia campaign.

· Fans believe gay players choose not to come out to protect their commercial value, not because they fear the reaction of fans or teammates.

* Many fans see parallels between black players in the 1970s/80s and gay players today DISCUSS

In fact, Gordon Taylor, the chief of the Professional Footballers` Association (PFA), has replied to the interim results of the topfan online survey of fans` views on homophobia and gay players and we are happy to set the facts straight. Mr Taylor writes: "Never at any time have I withdrawn support for an anti homophobia campaign and in fact quite the opposite." As an organization, the PFA states: "We welcome the opportunity to lead the field in this area, as we have done with racism ... we do not have any members of the PFA who have openly declared they are gay. If a player approached us regarding this matter there are support mechanisms in place to ensure the player has the full support of the Association."

Check for the full statement, latest results and make your contribution to Phase 2 of the project.

I hope you can still see its worth, especially now we have engaged with Gordon Taylor and the PFA. Please log on and give us your thoughts via the poll (less than 2 mins)

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Tuesday July 20 2010
Time: 4:01PM


Quite a sad reflection that Fashanu "came out" in 1990 --- 20 years later it's still a problem being discussed
20/07/2010 16:50:00
My stance hasn't changed on the matter; a person's sexual preference has no bearing on my life (and I still love ladies wobbley bits). I was shot down in the 'phase 1' debate for liking racism in football to homophobia in football. I haven't changed my mind, they are still the same thing as far as I'm concerned. I say this because I really don't think that a person's sexual preference is something that they choose, it's something they're born with, just like the colour of a person's skin, or the colour of their hair (gingers). To be prejudice against someone for something they were born with is pretty ignorant, which is why racism and homophobia in football are the same thing.
20/07/2010 17:31:00
If a player came out then opposing fans would make their life hell but personally i don't care if they are Black or White, Gay or Straight or Tall or Short it shouldn't make any difference at all .
21/07/2010 08:25:00
If homosexuality was normal, then we would already have openly gay footballers. Society would be bi sexual and we could do away with things such as men and womens toilets or changing rooms, mens tennis, womens tennis, mens football, womens football etc. Men and women are different and it is my opinion that same sex relationships are unnatural. However I respect the right to choose. I disagree with a man sodomising another man though. I am comfortable taking the mickey out of a man who wants to stick his willy in another man. But I do not have double standards because I wouldn't mind a gay man taking the mickey out of me for sticking my willy in my missus. The fact that we don't have openly gay footballers is because despite years of political and media pressure, the thought of men sodomising each other doesn't sit comfortably with many people. The thought of two Villa players openly in a relationship with each other is to much to bear. If after a match a player wants to go and look after his missus, great. If after a match he wants to go and rest his gonnads on his mates chin, that is another thing entirely. Picture the scene at the end of many great matches where a player grabs his wife and kisses her and then hugs his kids, in front of the watching millions. Imagine now that Villa have won the league and when the final whistle blows, Richard Dunne runs over to Carew and they start tongueing each other to celebrate the victory and there love for each other. It doesn't sit comfortably with me and I would be surprised if it sits comfortably with many others.
21/07/2010 09:55:00
I am happy for a gay man to take the mickey out of me for havoing sex with women. If it was normal, then he would be happy for me to take the mickey out of him being sodomised by his boyfriend. However it is a persons choice and that I respect entirely. When I am employing a person within my company and if I had to choose between a gay woman or a straight woman, I would simply choose the one with the biggest boobs.
21/07/2010 17:48:00
Who gives a flying **** anyway. Just the fact that we are having this conversation I find irritating. It's discussions like this that cause prejudice not reduce it. Who gives a monkeys? We all seem to be totally obsessed with other people's sex lives.
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