Earlier this week, retired Premier League footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger came out of the closet, and he has apparently inspired others to follow suit.
Gainsborough Trinity winger Liam Davis came out of the closet publicly on Saturday in an interview in the Lincolnshire Echo:
“I personally hope that over the next 10 years I’m not the only gay footballer out there. Nobody wants to be forced out, but I hope they can look and see there is someone out there who has done it. I hope we can get to a stage where it is not a bad thing, that there is no problem and people just get on with it.”
Davis, who says he has been out to friends and family and his team over the summer after they asked about him, also owns a restaurant, the Point Café and Bar in Cleethopres, with his partner Neil.
“My partner and I work in the same place and it will probably come across that we are a couple. But people do not walk out of our restaurant because of that. They come in for some good food and good service. It should be the same in football. I should be able to picked, or not picked, on merit, not because of my sexuality. You are there to play and do a good job for your team.”
Read the full lengthy interview HERE.
Watch a video interview with Davis shot back in May when he joined his current team, AFTER THE JUMP...