It has often been said that having openly gay professional footballers would provide good role models for young teens who themselves are coming to terms with their sexuality. The fact that, at the present time, there are no such openly gay, or bisexual, players is often attributed to fears over their careers. It is a widely held belief that players have not come out because they fear doing so would end their professional careers.
Footballer Justin Fashanu came out as gay in the early 1990s and suffered abuse because of it; he later committed suicide. Britain’s Gay Footballers, the BBC Three documentary, will be presented by Amal Fashanu, the niece of Justin Fashanu, and will explore the issues holding back players from coming out.
(via pitchinvasion)Source: axelrod