Few people in America know that Justin Fashanu was the first openly gay professional soccer player, playing for various British clubs and becoming Britain's first £1 million soccer player. He committed suicide in 1998 after being charged with assaulting an American teenage boy (the charges were dropped). Now, a group called The Justin Campaign has put together a team called The Justin Fashanu All-Stars, blessed by The Football Association, to promote the inclusion of openly gay players in soccer. Jason Hall from The Justin Campaign told the BBC:
We decided that the best thing to do was to have a campaigning football team so the football does the talking. Hopefully [we'll] change people's opinions of gay people on the pitch.