Meet Rudi Assauer. He’s the former coach of Schalke 04, the German soccer club. He thinks he is bad ass because he smokes cigars and drapes his arms around beautiful women. And Assauer, who insists he’s “never” met a gay person, thinks there’s no place for faggoty fag faggots in sport.
“Perhaps they are OK in other sports but not in football,” he says. “‘If a player came to me and said he was gay I would say to him: ‘You have shown courage.’ But then I would tell him to find something else to do.” Not because he hates gays (he only says “There is no place in football for gays”) but because he has their best interests at heart! “That’s because those who out themselves always end up busted by it, ridiculed by their fellow players and by people in the stands. We should spare them these witch-hunts.”
On the one hand, he has a point: Justin Fashanu, the only European soccer player to ever come out while still playing, was tortured by the league and ended up taking his own life (amidst sex assault allegations). On the other hand, it’s guys like Assauer who are involved increating the atmosphere of witch hunts.