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COMING OUT FOR THE GAME.

British tabloids have spent a lot of column inches this year exhorting gay and bisexual footballers in the English Premier League to come out. On an almost weekly basis, articles from the likes of The Apprentice mentor and West Ham vice-Chairman, Karren Brady, or out former Leeds football club director, David Haigh, bemoan the lack of out professional footballers. It seems a popular pastime to make estimates of the number of gay players at senior levels of the men ‘s game in England and to speculate on their reasons for keeping quiet about with whom they have sex. David Haigh, among others, argues that, “Football needs them to go public “. But whatever the needs of the beautiful game as a whole, the footballers in question seem to have decided that their personal needs are important, too.

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