So I’ve never been a big soccer fan. I know I’ll piss some people off by not calling it football but oh well. We have football in this country and it’s just different. There is no doubt that “futbol” has a global audience and I think we saw the sport catch on more in America this year than ever before. I watched a full USA game this year and I’m watching the FIFA Final today. It’s half-time and I’ve decided who I’m rooting for.
Gotta love that banner! AFC Wimbledon, helping combat homophobia in football (soccer)! And, as noted by John Green (also backed by PinkNews), they were the first football club in Britain to join the Football Fans Against Homophobia campaign!
“AFC Wimbledon is an inclusive club where everyone is welcome, regardless of their background. Discrimination of any kind has no place on the terraces, on the pitch or in the dressing room. We are therefore lending our support to the campaign, and Saturday’s home match against Accrington Stanley is dedicated to the fight against homophobia. The club’s management and players urge supporters to help create a positive and inclusive atmosphere at The Cherry Red Records Stadium.” – AFC Winbledon
In no great surprise, new research from sociologists at the universities of Kent and Winchester have found that young, soon-to-be professional football players (16-18 years-old, and ‘soccer’ players to Americans) are much more likely to openly accept gay players. Out of the 22 individuals interviewed, all said they supported one of their colleagues coming out.
Dr Roberts said: ‘The interview results were broadly consistent with other recent research on young British men of their age in that these men showed no overt animosity towards gay men.
In a match between football (soccer for us Americans) clubs St Pauli and Paderborn, supporters and fans of St Pauli held up rainbow signs with the words “Alerta Network” in protest against homophobia. The Alerta Network, is a self-described “antifascist movement” and organized the protest.
Check out the video after the jump!
Last February, Robbie Rogers wrote a letter coming out of the closet and announcing his retirement. Since then, the public hasn’t heard too much from him but today the silence was broken in a lengthy interview with The Guardian. He spoke about what it was like being a closeted footballer, and why he decided to come out and leave the sport he loves so dearly.
Rogers describes the “impossibility” of being out and playing soccer and what it was like in the locker room:
Robbie Rogers came out just a few days ago, and announced his retirement at the same time. Support has been pouring in for Rogers ever since, many hoping he will get back on the pitch and continue playing in the future. The New York Times has as many, many more!
Gay acceptance in sports!
Pro soccer player Robbie Rogers came out of the closet, and then immediately announced he was leaving the game.
Rogers played in his first pro soccer game with the Columbus Crew of the MLS in 2007, then played for the Leeds United in 2011, and most recently for League One’s Stevenage, on load from the Chicago Fire. Rogers also played for the US in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Rogers says he “could’t be happier” after coming out and stepping away from the sport, and posted “Just getting some sh*t off my chest,” on his twitter followed by a link to his website where he shared his story:
With Euro 2012 in full swing, this super awesome poster from the German group Maneo has been making it’s way around the interwebs. The poster reads “Would you also beat up your player for this?” Most interestingly, this isn’t a new poster. According to an Austrian commenter on OutSports, the poster was created back in 2006 when Germany hosted the World Cup. So now it’s six years later, and we’re still trying to get the message across.