Gay Premier League star is in therapy as he fears abuse if he comes out

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A GAY Premier League star has undergone treatment because he’s too afraid to come out, tells friends: “I’ll be crucified.”

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The ace revealed that he has sought professional psychological help amid fears of backlash from rival fans.

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A gay Premier League star has been treated because he is too afraid to come out, telling friends: ‘I will be crucified’

He added: “It’s 2021 and I should be free to tell everyone who I am.

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“But there are some fans on the roofs for whom it’s still the 1980s.

“I want to be open with people because it’s me and I’m proud. But the truth is, I’ll be crucified.”

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The star admitted that he is full of doubts, adding: “When I play, I think fans can guess and they’re judging me.

“Am I coming across as camp? Can they tell from the clothes I wear from the pitch? It has had a terrible effect on me mentally. it’s scary.”

The top-flight British star spoke to publicist Amal Fashanu – the niece of former Norwich star Justin, who came out in 1990 and took her own life in 1998.

Amal, who led an award-winning documentary about his uncle, founded a charity dedicated to helping combat homophobia and racism within the sport.

He is also a keen advocate for better mental health services for professional football players.

Last year, it emerged that the two Prem stars had turned out for close family and friends.

But in an open letter to the FA, one said he was “too scared” to do so publicly.

Amal has now introduced the pair to each other, and they are in regular touch on WhatsApp and online.

She explained: “In 2021, when we as a society are not so awake, it seems that this should be the right time for a top level player to come out.

“But the reality is that homophobia, especially online, is more prevalent than ever. We need to protect these players.

“I’m in constant talks with the FA about what can be done, but unfortunately, this is an unprecedented situation, so it’s difficult to take measures for a situation that hasn’t happened yet.”

In March, Amal is hosting a star-studded gala in London to raise awareness about the topic.

Both gay players have been invited – and are told they will attend. For more information on Amal’s donation, please visit

Amal explained: 'The reality is that homophobia, especially online, is more prevalent than ever.  We need to save these players'

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Amal explained: ‘The reality is that homophobia, especially online, is more prevalent than ever. We need to save these players’
Former Norwich star Justin Fashanu came out in 1990 and took his own life in 1998

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Former Norwich star Justin Fashanu came out in 1990 and took his own life in 1998credit: getty

Premier League star says ‘I’m gay but I’m scared to come out’ in painful letter

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