Europe’s first openly-gay footballer, Anton Hysen, has come out to rally support for the Premier League players, claiming that should one came out as homosexual, it would be huge for the game globally following FA chairman Greg Clarke’s comment that g’ay English footballers would be taking a risk.
The 25-year-old son of Liverpool legend Glenn Hysen, broke one of football’s longest-lasting taboos by coming out as gay in an interview with Swedish football magazine Offside in March 2011.
In a recent interview, Glenn replied FA chairman Greg Clarke’s saying:
“If no one has done it, how do you know England isn’t ready for it?”
“If no one does it, you can’t speculate. Just because you see all the negative comments, you don’t know what’s going to happen.
“It’s insulting to supporters in England to suggest that they’re not ready to support a gay footballer. The players who are there to play football will support whoever it is that steps forward. When I came out, I was excited. I was like, ‘Yes, now I’m going to see who’s real and who’s not real’.
“I couldn’t give a s*** about the people who thought less of me. I maybe got one or two bits of abuse from supporters or players I was up against.
To be honest, any abuse I did get said far more about the people that said it than me. It just illustrated how amateurish they were to have such bigoted views.”