Okay, so, bear with me on this. Football isn’t ‘super homophobic’ that’s just an understatement.
(the following is for MALE players, female players aren’t taken as seriously, sadly)
In the history of professional football, there has been a grand total of THREE professional players that have come out of the closet. THREE. I’m not talking just about players that are still in activity, no, I’m talking in general. In the history of football. THREE.
Do you know how many PROFESSIONAL football players there are? Well, in 2006 there were 110,000 professional registered players. Even if you ignore all the hundreds of thousands of players that came before and after, that’d be 3/110,000………….???
Out of those THREE players that came out, the fist one was Justin Fashanu, who was still playing. He came out in 1990, while playing for a TINY team in England called Leyton Orient (currently in League Two, fourth division of the English League). He was accused of raping a seventeen-year-old boy around eight years later (he was playing in the US by then, his career had sunken), and two months after that he committed suicide because homosexuality was illegal at the time where it happened, and he knew he wouldn’t have a fair trial. In his suicide note, he said he didn’t want to bring more embarrassment to his family.
The second player to come out was Robbie Rogers. He came out of the closet in 2013 (so, 23 years after Justin Fashanu). This was after he retired, though he became active again later on, but in the MLS (without an ounce of judgement and offence, there was no way an openly gay player would play in Europe/Latin America, like, aside from the discrimination from clubs, the treatment the fans would give that player would’ve been so horrible I don’t think anyone would’ve taken it).
The third and last player to come out was Thomas Hitzlsperger. He came out in 2014, after retiring. To this day he’s the biggest name in football to ever come out of the closet.
That’s it. Out of perhaps half a million professional male football players? (downplaying the number by a lot), three have come out of the closet so far.
T H R E E. I know people can be tempted to say ‘hey, the NFL only has one’. Yes, the NFL had a total of 1,696 players in 2011. Compare 110,000 with 1,696. Same goes for every sport. It’s incomparable.
Aside from that, just go to basically any stadium and hear the chants… I believe football stadiums is where homophobia goes to sleep at night when it’s chilly out. My own club received a former keeper throwing dildos at him as an insult. I’m not even kidding, NSFW image here. There was a campaign called rainbow laces in Arsenal in 2014 and most EPL teams declined to participate under the guise of ‘conflict of sponsoring’… That’s the only pro LGBTQ+ campaign I can remember in football… ever?
Cristiano Ronaldo is arguably one of the best players in history. He’s in the top five (three?) of best players currently. His National Team just won the Euro (one of the biggest trophies a footballer can ever win in their career) and he picked up the dude that’s been rumoured to be his boyfriend, who he CONSTANTLY has on his Instagram (x/x/x/x/x/x/x/x/x/x/x/x/x/x/x/x/x/x) often in very couply/domestic pictures (x/x/x/x/x/x/x/x/x/x/x/x) in the middle of the pitch. JUST WATCH THIS VIDEO.
I’ve got a friend who lives in Madrid who says people there are 10000% sure he’s gay, that he travels to Morocco to meet this guy three times a week, that his manager has asked him to stop, that he’s been penalised financially and that Ronaldo DOES NOT GIVE A FUCK. He wanted to have a child and didn’t even bother with a fake baby mama, he just went for it and said ‘the mum isn’t in the picture’.
When it comes to football, this is as ‘I don’t give a fuck’ as it gets: