A gay Premier League player has revealed he is too scared to come out because ‘the game has not yet moved on.’
In an open letter to Justin Fashanu’s niece, the star described how living a secret life was having a ‘massive impact’ on his mental health.
He added that it was ‘virtually impossible’ to have a relationship.
The footballer who has spoken to some of his teammates about his sexuality told Amal Fashanu that he has known he is gay since he was 14.
An unnamed Premier League footballer has revealed that he is gay in an open letter.
In the letter first published by The Sun, the player wrote: ‘Even though society has moved on massively since I was a teenager, the game simply hasn’t.
The player is being supported by the Justin Fashanu Foundation. Ex-Norwich striker Fashanu came out in 1990, the first professional player to do so.
He killed himself in 1998 aged 38.
Today there are no openly gay footballers playing in the UK’s top flight.
The Premier League says it ‘remains committed to supporting any who want to come out.’