Login or register to play video. How do you endear yourself to a new set of fans? Ljungberg shot to prominence on these shores after terrorising England in a Euro qualifier for Sweden while still plying his trade at hometown club BK Halmstad.
Homosexuality in English football is sometimes said to be a taboo subject by both players and the media. Some, such as Peter Clayton, who chairs the FA's "Homophobia in Football" working group have argued that clubs prevent players from " coming out " as footballers have an increasing commercial market value which may be damaged. Homosexuality in England and Wales but not Scotland or Northern Ireland was decriminalised inleading to a more liberal public attitude.
World-Cup Adjustment: I retired from international soccer in It will be a massive thing for me not to be there when the World Cup begins this month in South Africa. I like to go sit there after training.
At least eight professional footballers have revealed to colleagues that they are gay, but have refused to go public because they fear a backlash from fans. This latest evidence that British football remains a homophobic environment comes after Jason Collins, a high-profile American basketball star, became the first player from a US professional sports league to reveal that he was gay. In Britain, no professional footballer has come out and continued his career since Justin Fashanu in He stopped playing inbut hanged himself four years later, aged
The Arsenal legend reacts to news that 72 per cent of football fans have heard homophobic abuse. But why? During his career at Arsenal, rumours abounded regarding his sexuality, leading many to speculate he could be the first openly gay Premier League player.
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For a little guy, Freddie Ljungberg sure knows how to make an entrance. He bursts in to our appointment, almost an hour late, wearing a broad grin, an asymmetric, Inuit-style sheepskin coat, a hooded sweat top and flared jeans. A floppy, chunkyknit beanie hat, which appears to have been designed for a Rastafarian Smurf, is pulled over his trademark, crazy-coloured hair.