Amid a fanfare of publicity in 2007, Football Association announced that changes to the ground rules and the players’ code of conduct would mean homophobic abuse was treated as seriously as racism, on both the terraces and the pitch. Yet a YouGov survey of more than 2,000 football supporters, shows that anti-gay abuse is rife at every level of the game.
There is a climate of fear for gay players. Fans and executives at the top of the game say the FA isn’t doing nearly enough to tackle the problem, while the majority of match-goers think homophobia is ruining enjoyment of the game.
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