Manchester United’s Anders Lindegaard Wants To See Gay Soccer Player Come Out

AndersWhile professional sports here in the States are making some progress on gay inclusion, the soccer circuit remains a hotbed of homophobia. Welsh player Daniel Thomas was suspended earlier this year for tweeting hate at British diver Tom Daley and American player Colin Clark too had to sit out games for his own hateful remarks.

Manchester United goalie Anders Lindegaard hopes to see that change, and he thinks that will only happen if a gay player comes out.

“Gay people need a hero. They need someone who dares to step forward and stand for their sexuality,” Lindegaard said in an open letter, according to The Sun.

More from the 28-year old:

Homosexuality in football is a taboo subject. The atmosphere on the pitch and in the stands is tough. The mechanisms are primitive, and it is often expressed through a classic stereotype notion that a real man should be brave, strong, aggressive and loyal.

And it is not the image that a football supporter associates with a gay person.

Of course it is a problem for young gay guys who love football, and feel they must stop their sport. Any discrimination is totally unacceptable, regardless of whether it is to do with coloor, religion or sexuality.

A gay player would fear the reception he gets from fans. My general impression is that other players would accept a gay player without any major problems.

Another football player from across the pond, Joey Barton, spoke out against homophobia on the pitch earlier this year.

Homosexuality
in football is a taboo subject. The atmosphere on the pitch and in the
stands is tough. The mechanisms are primitive, and it is often expressed
through a classic stereotype notion that a real man should be brave,
strong, aggressive and loyal.

“And it is not the image that a football supporter associates with a gay person.

“Of course it is a problem for young gay guys who love football, and
feel they must stop their sport. Any discrimination is totally
unacceptable, regardless of whether it is to do with colour, religion or
sexuality.

“A gay player would fear the reception he gets from fans. My general
impression is that other players would accept a gay player without any
major problems.

Read more: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4663592/Manchester-United-ace-Anders-Lindegaard-urges-gay-football-players-to-come-out.html#ixzz2DFcxZFQd

Comments

  1. Gast says

    While I agree that it is time gay football players come forward and be themselves. I don’t believe we need a “hero”. My heroes are regular gays and lesbians who go about their lives in the open every single day.

  2. ratbastard says

    @gast,

    Agreed. The person who does his or her best, takes care of their responsibilities,tries their best to be a decent human being, are my ‘heros’, if you want to use that term.

  3. MArk says

    True is that nobody likes to the first line, people can be vicious, EVEN GAYS WO ARE NOT IN OTHER GAY’S SHOES!!!

  4. Gabe R L says

    Anders reminds me of those two gorgeous German footballers who spoke out about this issue summer of last year.

    Anders, why not you?

  5. Icebloo says

    I would not advise players to come out at all. Their lives would be made a misery, they would be under so much pressure, fans would be abusive (they still racially abuse the players!), the club would not support the player because they would not be able to control the crowds and the player would lose their career.

    I don’t blame gay players for not wanting to come out.

    It’s ALL about money. The clubs SAY they will support a gay player but they would not.

  6. says

    remember folks – as long as you give excuses to not be Visible you remove yourself from being in any position to complain and b***h about those that are.

    rather than sit around waiting for a hero to come and open the door for you, be that hero and open the door for others.

    people have been Coming Out for decades. It’s 2012. We north american grown adults have no reasons to remain closeted. only excuses. excuses are for children.