Chelsea and England star Ruben Loftus-Cheek has come out on Twitter this afternoon stating that he is not gay and went on to send out a brilliant message.
It comes following rumours on the social media site claimed that he was, however the 22 year old midfielder posted to his users “Any player who came out as gay, they’d have my full support and respect. But the rumour isn’t true”.
Any player who came out as gay, they’d have my full support and respect 👊🏾. But the rumour isn’t true 😅
— Ruben Loftus-Cheek (@rubey_lcheek) January 16, 2019
The tweet has received more than more than 62,000 likes and has gone on to be retweeted over 13,000 times as well as been replied to by thousands of users.
In December, a Chelsea fan was banned from attending football matches for three years and was recently fined almost £1,000 after he admitted to shouting homophobic abuse during his side’s match against Brighton & Hove Albion.
A young adult was heard in the ‘away’ end before he was then arrested. A police spokesman said that he was charged with using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour to cause harassment, alarm or distress.
Former USA player Robbie Rogers came out as gay not long after he was released by Leeds United, back in 2013.
Ex-Aston Villa and West Ham midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger is another to have come out after he retired from football.
Homosexuality within the English game is said to be a taboo subject by both players and the media.
In 2008, ex-Prem footballer Paul Elliot estimated that at least a dozen Premiership footballers were gay but were afraid to “come out” and in 2009, a survey claimed most fans said they would like to see homophobia taken out of football and that the Football Association were not doing enough to tackle the issue.
Since then, there have been numerous campaigns and the launch of rainbow laces (received over 320 million Twitter impressions, making it the one of the most successful Twitter campaigns in the UK to date), however as mentioned in the article, the homophobic chants do seem to reoccur every so often.
It’s no wonder a player feels afraid to come out, especially with the amount of racism which still can be sometimes heard from the stands according to clubs and reports a few times monthly.
Following Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s tweet denying is was gay, fans took to praise him, especially for saying he would accept if another player did come out – take a look at those tweets on the next page.
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