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.
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.
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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: