Graeme Le Saux: How Gay Slurs Almost Wrecked My Career.

A stunning and eye-opening account of the discrimination against gay footballers, even when they’re not gay.

Reflections Asia.

Is he gay? Is he not? Is it important? It nearly deprived the English Premier League off one of its most talented players of his generation.Source:http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/football/premier_league/article2419068.ece

Because I had different interests, because I didn’t feel comfortable in the laddish drinking culture that was prevalent in English football in the late 1980s, it was generally assumed by my teammates that there was something wrong with me. It followed, naturally, that I must be gay.

For 14 years I had to listen to that suggestion repeated in vivid and forthright terms from thousands of voices in the stands. It was a lie. I am not gay and never have been, yet I became a victim of English football’s last taboo.

The homophobic taunting and bullying left me close to walking away from football. I went through times that were like depression. I did not know where I was going. I…

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