Gay footballers to be offered counselling if they decide to come out

FOOTBALL stars who come out as gay will be offered full support and counselling by their union.

The Professional Footballers’ Association gave the assurances in talks with campaigner Amal Fashanu.

She told The Sun on Sunday: “It was great to hear how committed the PFA is to helping end homophobia in the game.

“They want to help end football’s hidden shame. I look forward to working with them closely.”

Amal, 31, is the daughter of ex-England striker and TV host John Fashanu.

Her uncle Justin killed himself in 1998 after becoming the first British footballer to come out eight years earlier.

Amal has been contacted by seven players, including two Premier League stars. She said: “I am regularly updating them.”

Amal held video talks with the PFA’s community liaison executive Dave Palmer and the body’s head of equalities, Simone Pound.

She is now set to speak to the League Managers’ Association and global governing body Fifa about her campaign.

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