Coming out still taboo for players, say Arsenal's Gay Gooners

Players from the gay supporters' teams of Arsenal and Brighton, pose for a group photograph during a penalty shoot-out competition at the Arsenal Hub in north London on October 1, 2017, ahead of the premier league game between the two teams. The competition is seen as an opportunity to celebrate the diverse nature of the Arsenal team, their supporters and wider community - and create an environment where everyone associated with the club feels respected and welcomed. PHOTO | CHRIS J RATCLIFFE |

What you need to know:

  • Lucas, 43, concedes football stadiums are less scary places for gay supporters than they were when he was growing up but says it is not yet an environment in which players can feel confident enough to admit they are homosexual.
  • The highest-profile European player to come out is former German international Thomas Hitzlsperger.



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