Anonymous Championship Footballers Heartbreaking Secret

An unnamed Premier League footballer has revealed that he is gay in an open letter – but is hiding his secret from his team-mates.

In the open letter revealed by The Sun newspaper, which is aimed at authorities and fans, he opens up about the daily torment he is currently facing and says he is taking the ‘huge step’ of revealing his sexuality. However, the footballer added that his sport is not ready for a player to announce he is openly gay and has said he fears disclosing his identity and the inevitable backlash from fans and media.

Several gay footballers have reportedly come out to their teammates, but not to fans (Pexels)

He also revealed that he is being supported by the Justin Fashanu Foundation, run by the tragic footballer’s niece Amal, the charity which fights homophobia and racism in football.

In the letter, the player writes: “I am gay. Even writing that down in this letter is a big step for me.”

“But only my family members and a select group of friends are aware of my sexuality. I don’t feel ready to share it with my team or my manager. How does it feel having to live like this? Day-to-day, it can be an absolute nightmare. And it is affecting my mental health more and more. I feel trapped and my fear is disclosing the truth about what I am will only make things worse.”

There are currently no openly gay or bisexual male professional footballers in the UK but Watford’s Troy Deeney believes every team has at least one — and backed them to come out.

A number of male Premier League footballers have come out as gay to their teammates while continuing to hide their sexuality in public, an insider has claimed. The claim came from former England women’s team footballer Eniola Aluko, who says gay male footballers won’t risk coming out in the public domain because of the homophobic backlash they’d face.

Aluko, who is the current director of women’s football at Aston Villa, spoke of a worrying lack of diversity in the sport with the Department of Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport select committee on Tuesday (July 7). Asked to clarify her claim by Labour MP Clive Effort that there are current footballers who have told their teammates that they are gay, Aluko said: “Yes that’s right.

“I think there’s been rumours and all sorts of newspapers that try to get the exclusive on who this player may be.”

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Tony Winterburn

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