The first gay footballer to come out to the world

World’s only openly gay active pro footballer is concerned for LGBTQ community ahead of Qatar 2022 World Cup It’s the first time since 1969 that such a big sporting event has taken place in…

The first gay footballer to come out to the world

World’s only openly gay active pro footballer is concerned for LGBTQ community ahead of Qatar 2022 World Cup

It’s the first time since 1969 that such a big sporting event has taken place in the Middle East. However, with the World Cup in Qatar 2022 still three weeks away, it would appear many countries are taking the issue in hand.

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In this week’s episode of Newsnight, host Jon Snow discussed the case with former Manchester United and England goalkeeper and outspoken gay rights activist Paul Scholes.

During his time at the University of St Andrews, a year after making his senior debut, England national team captain Scholes came out of the closet to his team-mates.

Scholes, who is thought to be the first professional footballer to come out to the world at the age of 16, said: “I was sitting at home and I called some of my ex-soccer friends. I went on Twitter and found out that the club I’d played for was looking for a goalkeeper. From there, I sort of just did it myself.

“When I first came out, it was kind of a lonely thing to do. You had to make a few phone calls and go and see the head of football. I remember the first time I came out, one of my friends was out and he said: ‘You’re gay, aren’t you?’

“The next day, I came out to my manager, and a few of my team-mates and I felt very exposed in the team

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