Europe’s First Openly-g@y Footballer Urges Gay Premier League Players to Come Out

Anton Hysen

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.”


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