Soccer News: Brighton & German Fans, Homophobia and Joey Barton

Joey Barton - Julian Finney

Fans in England and Germany mobilize to fight homophobia, while Brit Joey Barton makes a Twitter misstep

Barton blasted for derogatory tweet | Football - Soccer | Fox Sports
Paris Saint-Germain and gay rights campaigners have criticised controversial English midfielder Joey Barton after he insulted Brazil captain Thiago Silva on Twitter.

German Soccer Fans Fight Homophobia - NYTimes.com
While the Hamburg fans clearly demonstrated their tolerance of homosexuality, and there are persistent rumors that some members of the national team may be gay, German soccer is still waiting for its first openly gay player.

Football fans lash out at homophobic abuse - Politics.co.uk
A report detailing the level of homophobic abuse directed at Brighton and Hove football fans has been handed to the FA, in a bid to tackle often-neglected concerns around anti-gay behaviour in the stands.

Brighton fans ask authorities to combat homophobic abuse in soccer | The Guardian
Brighton fans have called on the football authorities to combat homophobic abuse in the game which is particularly affecting their club

Michael Arace commentary: Could openly gay Rogers be accepted in locker room? | The Columbus Dispatch
Robbie Rogers came out of the closet Feb.?15 with a post on his personal website. His 408-word missive was artful, honest, painful and life-affirming, all at once. It sent tremors through every hemisphere of professional sports.

Di Canio issues statement on club website - English Football News | Wed, Apr 03, 2013
However, in a 2002 book ‘West Ham: Irons in the Soul’ by Pete May, Di Canio is quoted saying that while Italy might have “a better situation with Mussolini... I am not a Fascist” adding: “Black or white or yellow people, gay people, men or women, they can come to my house and be my friend because I am not xenophobic.”

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