Tag Archive | soccer

Israel: Transwoman soccer referee makes sports history

(Reuters) – Sapir Berman made sports history on Monday, officiating at a soccer match in Israel’s Premier League, for the first time since coming out as transgender. “This is the first step in a long and wonderful journey. Sapir, we are proud to do it with you,” the Israel Football Association tweeted, as she took […]

Soccer-Rapinoe questions her inclusion in FIFA team of year

Soccer-Rapinoe questions her inclusion in FIFA team of year

(Reuters) – Women’s World Cup winner, Megan Rapinoe, has said her inclusion in FIFA’s ‘Women’s World11’ team of the year, despite playing so little, is a sign that the women’s game needs more visibility and exposure. Rapinoe, who was named best player at the 2019 World Cup and finished top scorer, said she appreciated being […]

Mexico: Football calls time on homophobia

Mexico: Football calls time on homophobia

Mexican Ricardo Canabal gave up playing football when he was 21, unable to reconcile his sexuality with what LGBT+ campaigners say is a deep-rooted homophobia in the sport. Now 35, he has felt able to return to the game he loves, founding his own team of gay players in one of Mexico City’s amateur LGBT+ […]

UK: Two arrested for homophobic abuse in Brighton v Wolves draw

UK: Two arrested for homophobic abuse in Brighton v Wolves draw

(Reuters) – Two supporters from the away end at Brighton & Hove Albion’s Amex Stadium were ejected, and later arrested by the Sussex Police, for homophobic abuse during Sunday’s 2-2 draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers, the two clubs said on Monday. The homophobic abuse came at a time when Premier League clubs were celebrating the Rainbow […]

UK: Everton investigate ‘homophobic’ chants at Chelsea fans

UK: Everton investigate ‘homophobic’ chants at Chelsea fans

(Reuters) – Everton are working with anti-discrimination group, Kick It Out, to investigate reports of homophobic chanting by fans, during their 3-1 win over Chelsea at Goodison Park, the Premier League club said on Sunday. Everton said the club and Kick It Out had received reports of a homophobic chant being aimed at Chelsea’s fans, […]

Openly Gay Footballer Robbie Rogers Retires Encouraging Others To Come Out

Openly Gay Footballer Robbie Rogers Retires Encouraging Others To Come Out

The following is a social media post put out on 7th November, by professional footballer, Robbie Rogers, aged 30, as he retires from professional football. Rogers had retired once before, on February 15 2013, aged 25, and then came out as gay when he left Leeds United. In May 2013, Rogers signed with the Los […]

Irish Exclusive: Michael Sam Urges More to Take Part in Study on Homophobia in Sport

As Gay Games 9 take place in Cleveland, Michael Sam, one of the world’s highest profile LGBT athletes, is urging people to take part in the first international study on homophobia in sports. The study is the first to collect national data about discrimination in Ireland as well as other major English speaking countries, so they can be […]

Northern Irish Football Team Cliftonville in Solidarity with LGBT Fans

Northern Irish Football Team Cliftonville in Solidarity with LGBT Fans

The Northern Irish football club, Cliftonville, has recently made history in the region’s sporting history by supporting their LGBT fans. In reaction to the Northern Ireland Assembly at Stormont voting against introducing equal marriage to the region, which would have brought it into line with the rest of the UK, the rainbow flag has been […]

German Footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger Comes Out as Gay

German Footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger Comes Out as Gay

The German professional footballer, Thomas Hitzlsperger, has revealed he is gay in an interview with Die Zeit newspaper published today. The 31-year-old former Aston Villa midfielder, who won 52 caps for Germany as well as having West Ham and Everton on his CV, is now the most prominent footballer to come out as gay, saying that it […]

Don’t Miss: Dublin Devils FC on RTÉ Two Tonight

The Dublin Devils, Ireland’s only gay men’s soccer team, will be featured as part of The Underdogs tonight at 9.55pm on RTÉ Two. Presented by 2fm DJ Paddy McKenna, the programme looks at the unsung heroes of Irish sport, and will include interviews and comments from the Dublin Devils.