Sport Tom Bosworth: Gay footballers are worried about abuse

00:25  13 august  2017
00:25  13 august  2017 Source:   Press Association

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Race walker Tom Bosworth competed for Great Britain at the World Athletics Championships, is set to About four or five years ago, some former athletes in local athletics would verbally abuse me. I guess I was more worried about people blaming me than the students but I had the support of my friends High-profile gay sports men and women. Former Aston Villa footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger.

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Great Britain's Tom Bosworth finished sixth in the 20k race walk at last year's Olympics: 2017 British Athletics Team Trials - Day Two - Alexander Stadium © PA WIRE 2017 British Athletics Team Trials - Day Two - Alexander Stadium

Great Britain's Tom Bosworth insists there are "plenty" of gay footballers but fears they will never come out because of abuse from fans.

The 27-year-old came out in 2015 and got engaged to long-term partner Harry Dineley during the Rio Olympics last year.

He competes in the 20k race walk at the World Championships on Sunday as Britain look to cap a frustrating championships in London with a successful final day.

Bosworth is comfortable having come out but concedes other athletes, especially in football, will never go public with their sexuality in fear of the reaction.

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Former NBA player John Amaechi and race walker Tom Bosworth say gay Premier League footballers would perform better if they came out. Bosworth told MPs he had suffered abuse on social media after revealing his engagement to his partner during the Rio Olympics.

Race walker Tom Bosworth competed for Great Britain at the World Athletics Championships, is set to About four or five years ago, some former athletes in local athletics would verbally abuse me. I guess I was more worried about people blaming me than the students but I had the support of my friends High-profile gay sports men and women. Former Aston Villa footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger.

He said: "There are plenty of gay footballers, there's no doubt about that, I can say that 100 per cent there are, and they are supported but they are not able to come out.

"I've not spoken to them one-on-one but I know of them, I know of gay athletes across all sports, some out, some not. It doesn't mean they are unhappy or anything like that or feel any pressure or anything, but it's just the state of affairs and the world we live in.

"I'm not surprised because you still have racism. You still have sexism. These are your bosses, these are your friends. These are still human beings going to a football match.

"But what is it about that environment that you feel so comfortable - too comfortable - in saying things that you would never dream of saying in the work place or down the pub?

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"You wouldn't hurl abuse or those comments anywhere, yet people free to put it on social media behind a screen and do it in a stadium. Stop a second. Would you do this to your colleague? Would you say that in the workplace? You would lose your job immediately."

LA Galaxy and former Leeds midfielder Robbie Rogers came out as gay in 2013 while ex-Aston Villa man Thomas Hitzlsperger came out in 2014.

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"I believe it's down to the football clubs. I met with (FA chairman) Greg Clarke and he told me about things that they were doing," said Bosworth, who came sixth in the Olympics last year.

"He mentioned there's a text scheme in stadiums now where you can text in if you hear any abuse with the seat number and so on. I said: 'Is that really used?' and he told me it was.

"I've said time heals and everything, and hopefully, I don't know whether we will ever see an out footballer in the current situation because nothing is changing. Something has to be done about it for somebody to feel comfortable enough to come out.

"It is really nice for me, because when I did the individual interview (on the BBC), Victoria (Derbyshire) asked me 'is this going to change your life?' And I said, 'no, not really. Publicly, maybe, I might be a little bit better known in the LGBT world, and that's about it'.

"I didn't think that it would have any impact. The 2016 and 2017 seasons have been incredible for me. And maybe that did play a part. Maybe it did have a huge impact on my life. Because I could be 100 per cent me without any concerns."

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