MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: Patrice Evra of Manchester United celebrates at the end of the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Manchester United at Etihad Stadium on December 9, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Coming Out as a Football Player Equals the End of a Career – Patrice Evra

The legendary Manchester United defender Patrice Evra, in an interview with Le Parisien, talked about the homophobia in the football society. According to the veteran player, he has witnessed homophobic attacks by his colleagues many times throughout his career.

“When I was in England, they brought someone to talk to the team about homosexuality. Some of my colleagues said ‘it is against my religion, if there is a homosexual in this locker room, let him leave the club.’ At that time, I said, ‘shut up’. There are at least two players per club who are gay. But in the world of football, if you say so, it’s over” – said Evra.

The experience of homophobic attitudes in the football world is also evidenced by the experience of the only openly homosexual professional football player, Josh Cavallo. In early January, during a game between Adelaide United and Melbourne Victory, the player became the target of an attack by the opposing team’s fans.

Cavallo posted on his Instagram: “I’m not going to pretend that I didn’t see or hear the homophobic abuse at the game last night. There are no words to tell you how disappointed I was. This shouldn’t be acceptable and we need to do more to hold these people accountable. I will never apologize for living my truth and most recently who I am outside of football.

Source: Sport Bible

Photo: Getty images

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