Why are there still no gay professional association football players in men’s major leagues? Revisiting the views of football fans in the United Kingdom

Cashmore, Ellis, Dixon, Kevin and Cleland, Jamie (2022) Why are there still no gay professional association football players in men’s major leagues? Revisiting the views of football fans in the United Kingdom. Journal of Homosexuality. ISSN 0091-8369 (In Press)

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/00918369.2022.2040927

Abstract

In a survey of 3,500 association football fans conducted by members of the research team over a decade ago, most participants predicted that at least one gay football player would feel comfortable enough to disclose their sexuality publicly by 2014, and that many other players would follow this lead in the following years. Ten years on, gay players can be found in all major sports, but association football remains an outlier. Using an anonymous online survey, we invited football fans to advance their own views on why events have not transpired as expected. A sample of 2663 participants revealed: (a) 95 percent would welcome openly gay players, meaning by implication, football culture is a more gay-friendly environment than wider society; (b) Participants attributed the continued silence of gay players to football’s gatekeepers e.g., agents, managers, and owners; (c) Paradoxically, homophobic language is used by fans but is not considered malicious.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Football, Fans, Players, homosexuality, Agents, Managers, Owners, Masculinity
Subjects: C600 Sports Science
L900 Others in Social studies
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2022 10:40
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 15:45
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/48441

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