InWashington Redskins running back Ray McDonald was arrested for having sex with a man in public, just a year after the Redskins had drafted him in the first round. There are many openly gay politicians and entertainers who remained elected and popular with little or no criticism or comment on their sexuality. On February 15,midfielder Robbie Rogerswho had been released by Leeds United a few weeks earlier, came out after announcing his retirement from professional football. GO London. It can be very personal, very nasty, particularly for players from the opposition team. The Chelsea star, speaking to French newspaper Le Figarosaid it is an "understatement" to say the sport is not ready to accept an openly gay player. Retrieved 16 February
Every now and again, you get a bit of self-doubt.
Dagbladet in Norwegian. Retrieved 15 February In Decembera Southampton fan was banned for three years for homophobic chanting. He came out to friends and family inand in publicly spoke to the media about his homosexuality and the difficulties that gay footballers experience.
He later admitted he had considered quitting the game because of the abuse and the humiliation he felt.