The Language striker considers footballers are reluctant to be one of the first to publicly announce their homosexuality
Watford captain Troy Deeney has declared each soccer team probably has one homosexual player among their positions as he invited more athletes to start up in their sexuality.
Former Norwich striker Justin Fashanu stays the only openly homosexual male footballer in British history with Deeney adamant you will find many more now enjoying the sport.
The 31-year old, who is divorced and has two children, believes now is the time for more athletes to come out as homosexual, indicating not coming out could be a significant burden to carry around.
“I’d go on record stating that there’s likely one homosexual or bi-person in each soccer team. They are there, they’re 100 percent there,” Deeney stated on BBC’s Grounded with Louis Theroux podcast.
“I believe people who are homosexual or from this community certainly are extremely concerned about having to shoulder the duty of being the very first. I believe after the very first comes out, there could be loads.
“When he come out and explained it, I really think you’d get in the very first week 100 individuals who went’me too’. Just because they do not wish to be the surface of it.
“I believe there’s currently a larger platform than to be a homosexual athlete of any character.
“I wonder, why folks finish soccer, rugby, whatever the game it may be, then go’I’m gay’…I feel as though it has to be a genuine heavy load to take throughout your entire athletic profession.”
In 2019, Australian footballer Andy Brennan declared that he was homosexual having formerly played at the A-League for Newcastle Jets.
The statement was one of relief for Brennan, who announced he could now concentrate entirely on playing soccer without needing to conceal his sexuality.
“Six months ago I thought about it a whole lot, tried to conceal it and push it aside due to the way I believed it’d be perceived by most,” Brennan told the Herald Sun.
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“It got to the point where I could not waste any more time being in relationships I was not comfortable in and would not come to anything.
“You have got to realise that is who you are and you have only got to be who you are — if you are gay or anything, whoever you are.
“There’ll be folks out there thinking’why’s he made to voice his own whatever to the planet?’ . The reason why I needed to do this at the first place was to allow me to feel comfy. It has been a major lift off my shoulders and I will only concentrate on playing soccer.”