Everton footballers Richarlison and Lucas Digne insist the footballing world would welcome a Premier League footballer come out publicly as gay.
Today (Saturday) is Liverpool City Region Pride, which Everton is supporting.
There are currently no out gay or bisexual male professional footballers in the British senior men’s game, but Richarlison says football “can’t be a bubble in the world” and hopes the sport can be more open.
“I think football is becoming more inclusive and so it should,” Richarlison told Everton’s website.
“The world has changed a lot. We can no longer live as people did 100 years ago.
“We are all the same and we should be treated this way.
“I don’t think it would be a problem here or anywhere else [if a player came out as gay].
“Everyone must be treated, first, with respect and equality.”
Meanwhile, France international Digne is optimistic a player coming out would create no issues among a squad, ” We would not have any problem at all with this [a player declaring he was gay].”
“Players are open, we talk about every subject. Nobody would need to be shocked and everything would be OK.
“It is something which is normal.
“This would be no different, it would not be an issue.”