Gay footballers should come out as a group to make the process easier for everyone, the chairman of the Football Association has said.
Greg Clarke has revealed he has had discussions with a number of top-level gay footballers, and suggested they come out as a collective.
However, he stressed, the final decision will always be left with the player.
‘I put the message out there that if a number of top-level pros want to come out, why don’t we synchronise it? So one person doesn’t have to come out on their own,’ he told The Times.
‘The Premier League, Football League and the FA could do it at the start of the season. At the start of the season, the crowds are happy, the sun is shining.
‘I was asked [recently] if football is ready for top-level pros to come out and I said I’m not sure we were.
‘There was a survey which said people would support gay people in their own team, but I’m worried about what they said about gay people in the other team, not that they would do bad things, but I said we should prepare well.’
Scottish National Party MP John Nicholson, a member of the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee, recently said he believed there are three players in talks with the FA about coming out.
The trio who are in the upper leagues of the FA are poised to reveal their sexuality and apparently are ‘waiting for the right time’.