Retrieved 20 February He left Leeds in April after Massimo Cellino bought the club. You can get drunk and beat up your wife and that's quite acceptable, but if someone were to say 'I'm gay', it's considered awful. Justin Fashanuolder brother of fellow footballer John Fashanuwas the first professional footballer to come out as gay,  after he agreed to an exclusive with The Sun tabloid newspaper on 22 October To accept cookies continue browsing as normal. Subscribe to our Football newsletter Enter email Subscribe. From the age of 13, he had been hot-housed at a specialist sports boarding school in Erfurt but at the age of 20, inwhen he was about to become a professional footballer, he gave up the sport.
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Deutscher Bundestag Dokument, Retrieved 13 September The reaction to Justin Fashanu after he publicly came out may set a worrying precedent for those considering whether to publicly announce their sexuality. Retrieved 28 November But then I would tell him to find something else to do. When he was asked whether or not he knew of any gay Turkish football players, his answer was straightforward: