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Vile football coach says he’ll quit his role if he’s forced to backtrack on calling gay people ‘mentally disgusting’

An American football coach is under fire after calling being gay “absolutely wrong and disgusting” on Facebook, calling on community leaders to “stop pushing the issue under the rug.” Johnnie Saunders, founder of the Florida football team Eustis Junior Panthers, wrote the posts last Sunday. While Saunders deleted the posts after a family member of an athlete reached out, reported Wesh2, he has continued to stand by his comments. What did the football coach say exactly? The coach said that he may stop coaching altogether if he is asked to...
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Sports Illustrated just named lesbian football icon Megan Rapinoe as their prestigious sportsperson of the year

One of the biggest magazines in the sports scene, Sports Illustrated, have named lesbian footballer Megan Rapinoe as sportsperson of the year. The US Women’s National Soccer Team co-captain led the team to victory at the Women’s World Cup in France. With her outspoken personality and powder pink hair, Rapinoe has rocketed up the ranks in the sporting world while using her position to spar with the Trump administration. She has now become the fourth woman to be individually named Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year in the 66-year history of...
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West Ham condemns own fans for singing homophobic chants in Premier League clash against Chelsea

West Ham has condemned its own fans for homophobic chants during a Premier League match against Chelsea on Saturday, November 30. Fans reportedly sang ‘Chelsea Rent Boys’ at the match, and sparked the ire and frustration of team officials, who promptly slammed the behaviour in a statement, the Daily Mail reports. “West Ham United in no way condones any behaviour that falls short of the highest standards which the club sets when it comes to equality,” the statement said. “At the London Stadium against Arsenal we will be celebrating and...
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Gay football referee Ryan Atkin says he’s spoken to many gay people in the sport yet to come out

The UK’s first openly gay football referee, Ryan Atkin, says publicly coming out was a “whirlwind” and that he’s since spoken to many closeted gay people in sport. Atkin came out as gay in August 2017, becoming the first openly gay man refereeing in England’s professional leagues. In the past two years, his career has progressed from working as an assistant referee in the English Football League to refereeing in the National League. Speaking on the BBC’s ‘LGBT Sport’ podcast, Atkin said that it can be “disheartening” to know that...
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Homophobic Belgian football fans will receive an immediate ban under firm new guidelines

Racist and homophobic fans will be banned from football games in Belgium, according to a new action plan by the country’s top football competition. The Jupiler Pro League will ban fans who make racist or homophobic comments or chants, or who sing discriminatory songs, and they will not be allowed to return until they take a special course. It is not yet clear what the course would entail, but the action plan will be officially presented on Wednesday, November 13. The action plan will set out rules for professional clubs...
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