Analyzing the presence of homosexually-themed language amongst association football fans in the United Kingdom

Cleland, Jamie, Cashmore, Ellis, Dixon, Kevin and MacDonald, Connor (2021) Analyzing the presence of homosexually-themed language amongst association football fans in the United Kingdom. Communication and Sport. p. 216747952110058. ISSN 2167-4795 (In Press)

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Abstract

This article is based on the views of 2,663 association football fans, collected via an online survey from March 2020 to April 2020, regarding the presence of homosexually-themed language at men’s professional football matches across the United Kingdom. The results indicate that whilst 95 would support a gay player at their club, 41 have heard language they interpret as malicious or toxic, while 37 believe it is not intentionally hostile and ascribe it as playful and humorous banter. The article subsequently addresses what appears to be a paradox: football fans challenge popular accusations that they are homophobic but also recognize the presence of homosexually-themed language that emphasizes heteronormativity, irrespective of how it is interpreted by other fans.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: fans, football, homophobia, language, masculinity, sexuality
Subjects: C600 Sports Science
L900 Others in Social studies
Q100 Linguistics
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2021 10:45
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 16:17
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/45844

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