BBC explores lack of openly gay athletes in British soccer

Amal Fashanu, niece of Justin Fashanu, the only professional British soccer player ever to come out of the closet, has worked with filmmakers to put together a documentary exploring why no gay soccer players have come out since her uncle.

Not surprisingly, she found the fans pointed fingers at the establishment, the establishment pointed fingers at the players, and the players pointed fingers at everybody else. From the show's description:

Max Clifford, who reveals he has helped several Premiership stars keep their homosexuality secret in order to preserve their careers, goes further by insisting that the mentality of most people in and around the game remains in the Dark Ages. When Amal finally negotiates some access to straight premiership stars - from the Millwall dressing room - she learns that attitudes amongst many footballers may not be as bad as feared.

"Not as bad as feared." Where have we heard that before? Hmmmm. Maybe here on Outsports over and over and over again for the last 10 years?

The documentary airs on BBC three Monday, Jan. 30, at 9pm.

Hat tip to Keith B.

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