Justin Fashanu, Britain’s first and only out gay male footballer, will be inducted into the UK’s National Football Museum Hall of Fame this week.
Sky Sports reports: “The award celebrates those who have made an outstanding contribution to the sport and comes 22 years after the former Norwich City and Nottingham Forest striker took his own life. He died in 1998, eight turbulent years after coming out publicly in a national newspaper.”
Fashanu’s niece told Sky Sports: “I think he wouldn’t believe it himself. I know he would be extremely honoured, and I know that I am extremely honoured and so is my family. I guess for Justin this would be a great moment and I think it’s a pivotal moment when we are finally recognising who Justin Fashanu was, not only as the openly gay footballer, but also as a very talented footballer and the first million-pound black player in England.”