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Jake Daniels' decision to come out was inspiring... but don't expect it to open any floodgates in men's football

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History maker: Jake Daniels is the first male UK footballer in over 30 years to ‘come out’ while still playing

History maker: Jake Daniels is the first male UK footballer in over 30 years to ‘come out’ while still playing

Graeme Le Saux suffered years of abuse from idiots who thought he was gay. Credit: MJ Kim

Graeme Le Saux suffered years of abuse from idiots who thought he was gay. Credit: MJ Kim

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History maker: Jake Daniels is the first male UK footballer in over 30 years to ‘come out’ while still playing

I know of at least a dozen male professional footballers who are gay. And I’m pretty sure none of them will come out while they are still playing in front of large crowds every week.

There are two fundamental reasons for this. One — which they share with anyone who believes in basic dignity and human rights — is that their sexuality is their business, no one else’s.


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