Retrieved 10 February You can get drunk and beat up your wife and that's quite acceptable, but if someone were to say 'I'm gay', it's considered awful. Hitzlsperger's own aggression appeared to be channelled primarily through his remarkable left foot - 'The Hammer' became a fans' favourite at Villa, Goodison and Upton Parks through his long-range shooting prowess. They are in need of someone who dares to stand up for their sexuality. Thomas, who also captained the British Lions, was in Westminster to back a change in the law which would make homophobic abuse at football grounds illegal in the same way that racism is. On February 15,midfielder Robbie Rogerswho had been released by Leeds United a few weeks earlier, came out after announcing his retirement from professional football.
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Homosexuality in English football
Journalist Matt Williams stated that being a gay professional player in football is still a taboo,  which journalist Simon Barnes has said will never change. The atmosphere on the pitch and in the stands is tough. More in this Section. The Trabzon Board of Referees and the Turkish Football Association decided that he was not eligible for the role as he was previously excused from the military service for being homosexual. Moyles jokingly asked Ferdinand: The Board of Referees came to this conclusion by upholding the private statue of the association, which states that people who do not complete their military duties due to a mental illness including homosexuality are not eligible to be a referee, although normally homosexuality is not considered as such by the Turkish constitution. As for the English pro men's game, where do we go from here?
Rogers walked away after a difficult spell with Leeds United, where injuries, as well as his own struggle with his sexuality, were a factor in his failure to make an impact. Retrieved 3 January Football abuse 'sick ' ". He is contracted to Minnesota for the MLS season but says he would like to one day transfer across the Atlantic: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.