Leagues behind: football's failure to tackle anti-gay abuse

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Dick, Sam
Date of publication
1 January 2009
Minority Groups
Social welfare
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Many football fans and individuals working within the football industry believe that the sport is anti-gay and the majority of fans attending matches have heard homophobic abuse on the terraces. Three in four fans think there are gay players currently in the Premier League or Championship and seven in ten think there are gay players in Leagues One
or Two. Three in five fans believe anti-gay abuse from fans dissuades gay professional players from coming out, one in four believe anti-gay abuse from team mates contributes to there currently being no openly gay players. Over half of football fans think the Football Association, the Premier League and the Football League are not doing enough to tackle anti-gay abuse. Half of football fans think football clubs themselves are not doing enough to tackle anti-gay abuse.

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