Gay Nigerian Footballer Deported from Austria Now in Hiding


LGBT Asylum reports on the case of a Nigerian footballer who was deported to his home country by Austrian authorities and now lives in hiding in fear for his life:

"25 year-old Nigerian gay footballer Cletus U, deported by Austria 5 May on a a Frontex (European Union agency) plane to Nigeria with 44 others (and 113 guards) despite mass protests in Vienna, has told a leading Austrian newspaper that he is now in the Lagos slums, living in a shed with five other men.

He is terrified that his homosexuality will be discovered, particularly because that was the focus of his well-publicised Austrian case, which was covered internationally as well as on YouTube.

His parents, who live in the Muslim North, where Sharia law is in force including the death penalty for homosexuality, now know about his sexuality.

'The police can come at any time,' he said, 'beat me, imprison or kill, because I am the way I am.' In the slums, he could not trust anybody. On the phone to the newspaper he had to 'behave', he said, and 'fit in with those who are in the vicinity'. He only dares to venture out in the dark."

A refugee support organization is in the process of appealing Cletus U's deportation.


  1. Terrance says

    Geez, this sounds a *lot* like a nightmare blending of 2 the Current_tv documentaries: “Soccer’s Lost Boys” (Trafficking in undocumented African soccer player/immigrants in the EU) and “Missionaries Of Hate” (US Christians funding anti-gay hatred in Uganda)

    I hope things work out for him; it sounds like a very miserable situation…

  2. Roman Bolliger says

    Shame on Austria, the “Catholic” nation still haunted and soaked by its brown recent history.
    By sending back the gay Nigerian footballer to a certain future of suffering, misery and even death, Austria is cementing its image of a nation of Christian hypocrisy, radical xenophobia and brutal homophobia.
    Who wants to buy Austrian products or to leave money in its tourism industry?

  3. leo says

    There was not need to return the fag to Nigeria. They should just have fed their pigs with ‘it’. BUT I KNOW THE WHOLE SHOW – THE STORY, WEBSITE, ARE A JOKE! All gays should move to Europe and America. Anybody who catches one in Africa should pls deliver such for pigs to meal on ‘it’

  4. emma Cibes says

    The intent of the Australia government if this publication is correct is MURDER. As there is no way this man can ever live as a human being under these circumstance.

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