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Straight Goalie Anders Lindegaard Thinks Gay Soccer Players Should Come Out

Gay people need a hero. They need someone who dares to step forward and stand for their sexuality.

“Homosexuality in football is a taboo subject. The atmosphere on the pitch and in the stands is tough. The mechanisms are primitive, and it is often expressed through a classic stereotype notion that a real man should be brave, strong, aggressive and loyal. And it is not the image that a football supporter associates with a gay person.

“Of course it is a problem for young gay guys who love football, and feel they must stop their sport. Any discrimination is totally unacceptable, regardless of whether it is to do with colour, religion or sexuality. A gay player would fear the reception he gets from fans. My general impression is that other players would accept a gay player without any major problems.”

Danish (and straight) Manchester United goalie  Anders Lindegaard writing on a Danish betting site, via The Sun. Lindegaard also noted that his girlfriend is a model and that the fashion industry is “extremely open-minded.”

Photos: Anders Lindegaard’s Facebook