Remember the clamour late last year after widespread reports that there were two gay Premier League footballers?
That number has now reportedly risen to seven, after claims by Justin Fashanu’s niece.
Amal Fashanu says she now knows seven gay footballers who are all trapped in a ‘dark world’.
Amal told BBC Radio Five Live: “I actually know myself of seven. I will never, ever share their details.
“I’m not going to out them because I would never do that.”
Justin Fashanu became the first openly gay footballer in 1990 but committed suicide in 1998 after being accused of sexual assault against a 17-year-old in the USA.
He and ex-Leeds midfielder Robbie Rogers are still the only professional players in English football to come out.
Former Aston Villa star Thomas Hitzlsperger came out as gay following his retirement in 2013.
Amal added: “You want to be honest, even to help them out, but you just can’t do that. The football world is extremely dark.
“I don’t even want to imagine being a footballer, what it must be like.”
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