Gay footballer urges fellow players to be just who they are

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A footballer who made history by being the first openly gay player to walk out onto the new Wembley Stadium has called players not to be ashamed of their real selves. Liam Davies, who plays for Cleethorpes Town FC, also rubbished comments by FA Chairman Greg Clarke that people were ‘taking a risk’ when they speak about sexuality. “It’s a very disparaging view of footballers,” he continued. “I’m certain it would be perfectly fine. Not once have I had a problem, the game has been brilliant to me, as it would be to them.” However, while Davis, a part-time professional, was on the line-up for the FA Vase at Wembley this year, there are currently no Premiere League footballers to be openly gay. The last openly gay player in the top tiers of English football was Justin Fashanu, who came out in 1990 but died by suicide in 1998 after years of homophobic abuse and allegations of sexual assault. Former Leeds United player Robbie Rogers and former Aston Villa player Thomas Hitzlsperger have both come out as gay, but their sport career was already over.

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