Published:  12:00 AM, 10 January 2017

‘Gay players could come out together’

England's Football Association chairman Greg Clarke has spoken to gay footballers and suggested a group of them could come out together, he said in a newspaper interview published on Monday. Homosexuality is seen as professional football's last taboo and Justin Fashanu, who committed suicide in 1998, remains the only player to have come out while playing top-level football in England. Clarke said last year he "wouldn't recommend" a footballer coming out because of the risk they would face abuse,  Clarke revealed he has spoken to gay sportspeople, including footballers, to discuss the best way forward. "I've met 15 gay sports people in the last four weeks to ask their views, including footballers. It is very difficult to get to a representative set of gay top-level footballers because some of them are happy with their sexuality and just don't want anyone to know," Clarke said. - AFP, London

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