Homophobia in men's football

Rory Magrath, Eric Anderson

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    Introduction In February 2013, a 25-year-old ex-Leeds United footballer, Robbie Rogers, who was playing in the United States, publicly revealed that he was gay. He simultaneously revealed that he was quitting football, saying that, ‘For the past 25 year[s] I have been afraid: afraid to show whom I really was because of fear’ (Rogers, 2013). Despite this fear, Rogers’s peers took to social networking websites to reveal their support for him. Compatriot, and current player, Stuart Holden posted on Twitter, ‘Much love and respect to my boy … Proud to be your friend bro’. Similarly, another compatriot and retired player, Kasey Keller, also posted on Twitter, ‘The bravery of Robbie Rogers is commendable. I hope he realises that he doesn’t need to retire. He will be more supported than he knows.’ Keller’s reference to Rogers’s quitting the game is particularly interesting, perhaps denoting that he feels football culture would be accepting and tolerant of Rogers’s homosexuality – despite Rogers’s fear. Similar support was shown for Anton Hysén, a Liverpool-born Swedish footballer who came out in 2011 (Cleland, 2014).
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationRoutledge Handbook of Football Studies
    EditorsJohn Hughson, Kevin Moore, Joseph Maguire, Ramon Spaaij
    Place of PublicationLondon
    Number of pages11
    ISBN (Electronic)9780203066430
    ISBN (Print)9780415815109
    Publication statusPublished - 5 Sept 2016

    Publication series

    NameRoutledge International Handbooks


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