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Graeme Souness' Passionate Speech On Attitudes Towards Gay Footballers Goes Viral

Graeme Souness' Passionate Speech On Attitudes Towards Gay Footballers Goes Viral

Graeme Souness' speech about football creating an 'uncomfortable environment' for gay players has gone viral for being spot on.

Premier League clubs have come together across this weekend to celebrate Stonewall's Rainbow Laces campaign.

Souness discussed the campaign on Sky Sports ahead of Brighton vs Wolves on Sunday afternoon.

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"The PFA and Premier League have to look at themselves," Souness said.

"Why has nobody ever come out? I don't think football has created an environment where anybody would feel comfortable or confident if they did.

"There must be gay and bisexual players in the Premier League but nobody has felt confident enough to say 'this is me'.

"I came from a generation, where it was extremely homophobic, the banter in our dressing room."

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The former Liverpool captain also said he attended Brighton Pride a number of months ago and it was 'enlightening'.

"I found it extremely educational and I would tell anyone to come here if they want to learn more. They will go away with a completely different opinion."

Twitter reacted to his comments and praised the pundit who's often maligned for his footballing views.

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No Premier League player has come out as gay while actively playing.

Thomas Hitzlsperger became the first openly gay player to have played in the English top flight back in 2014.

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The former Aston Villa midfielder told The Guardian in 2014:

"The important thing for me is to show that being homosexual and professional football player is something that is normal.

"The perceived contradiction between playing football, the man's game, and being homosexual is nonsense.

Image Credit: PA
Image Credit: PA

"I don't think anyone has ever come away from watching a game with me thinking there's something wrong or 'too soft' with my game."

Souness' comments will hopefully be a catalyst for more positive attitudes towards homosexuality in the sport.


Featured Image Credit: Sky Sports & PA

Topics: Football News, Football, Graeme Souness

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Daniel is a freelancer journalist for SPORTbible and covers a variety of sports. He also has past experience of working at Manchester United and once locked eyes with Jose Mourinho. He lived to tell the tale.