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UK Soccer Fans Are Ready For An Openly Gay Player

It seems like soccer fans in Europe care more about the way the sport is played than who plays in the games themselves. So says a new research study in the UK:

Justin"In a survey of 3,000 people published by the University of Staffordshire, eight out of 10 supporters said gay players would have a positive effect on the sport, comparable to how the influx of black players helped the games tackle racism in the 1980s and 1990s." 

"'One fan told us: 'I'd rather have a gay player who can play than a straight one who can't.' And this is a typical view, not just from supporters but from everyone associated with football,' said Ellis Cashmore, professor of culture, media and sport at the University, in the Observer newspaper."

About half of those questioned could see a positive impact from a well-known player's coming out, comparing him to Gareth Thomas, who came out at the peak of his rugby career.

The Guardian reports: "Of those football fans questioned in the research, more than 52% believe the greatest cause for a change in attitudes in the game would be a Gareth Thomas-type player coming out. A campaign backed by leading players was also considered by almost 31% to be influential."

One respondent in the study believes an openly gay footballer could be win-win for the player: "He could make a lot of money [as] the first gay footballer....when football joins the 21st century."

The actual first player in the sport to publicly come out was Justin Fashanu who did so in 1990. He sadly took his own life eight years later.

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  1. Meaculpa:

    I'm not a second class citizen in my state. We've had gay marriage (not civil unions), and full gay rights, before most of Euroland and of course the UK.

    So shut your fucking face uncle fucker

    Posted by: ratbastard | Aug 9, 2010 7:32:32 PM

  2. My state, as a British Colony, had the first government on Earth to totally ban slavery.

    My state stopped capital punishment/executions in the late 40's..long before many nations, including places like Canada and the UK.

    My state became one of the first places on Earth to legalize gay marriage...before many other nations that like to brag (and usually it's civil unions they legalized)

    ...YET, there's clowns who come on here and snidely brag about how ethical and moral they are compared to me because I'm American and backward. Bitch please. Ignorant bitches.

    Nothing pisses me off more than especially a Brit-Braggart (BB) or worse, a Euro-Braggart (EB). Just shut your fucking faces....go start another world war....distract yourselves with a few concentration/death haven't gassed millions of souls to death lately, made any lamp shades out of tattooed human skin from executed prisoners? Civilized fucking Brits and Euros. Yeah, right. Showing the world what's right and moral for 500 years.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Aug 9, 2010 7:48:49 PM

  3. shut up, john. Your state is an elaborate social welfare's an evil conspiracy by the libruls who control massachusetts...public's a tax payer ripoff least that's what you should be saying, john.

    Posted by: TANK | Aug 9, 2010 7:52:29 PM

  4. My name is not John. Doesn't even begin with a J actually.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Aug 9, 2010 8:39:51 PM

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