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Chair comments on news of UK’s first openly gay active male professional footballer

17 May 2022

Commenting on Jake Daniels becoming the UK’s first openly gay active male professional footballer, Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee  Committee Chair Julian Knight MP said:

Jake Daniels has shown huge courage in telling his story and will be an inspiration for many other players and fans who sadly feel they can’t be themselves in a game that should be for everyone. That it has taken more than three decades since the last male professional footballer in this country felt comfortable enough to do so suggests a continuing culture of homophobia in football that is horrendously out of step with modern times.

The Committee previously called for changes to the Football Offences Act to make homophobic abuse a criminal offence. Jake’s brave act can now act as a watershed moment for those in charge of the game and provide a new catalyst for driving out the prejudice faced by LGBT people on the pitch and in the stands.”

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