Britain's first openly gay referee gives his view on coming out in football
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A lot of people up and down the country find it difficult to open up about their sexuality to either their parents, friends or colleagues for fear of suffering discrimination. One brave referee has made headlines this week through his willingness to stand up for his sexual orientation. In football in-particular, people are afraid of opening up because of a long history of Homophobia directed towards players from fans. In recent years, however, more footballers are opening up about their sexuality with former Aston Villa player Thomas Hitzelsperger stating he was openly gay whilst playing in the top flight of English football. In 2012, the FA launched Opening Doors and Joining in which would address the boundaries which prevent the LGBT community from playing sport and also combat any homophobic, transphobic or bi-phobic behaviour from fans, players, coaches or other participants.
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