Ex-Manchester United and France defender Patrice Evra has revealed that he starred alongside footballers who were gay during his career.
Last year, Australian football Josh Cavallo was met with widespread admiration when he revealed he was gay in a social media statement through his club, Adelaide United.
High-profile footballers such as Gerard Pique and Raphael Varane applauded his bravery as the 22-year-old urged the footballing community to become a safer space for more players to live their truth.
In a recent interview, former Red Devils left-back Evra said he played alongside footballers who had opened up to him about being gay, but that they were too afraid to say anything given the unfortunate nature of the sport.
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"When I was in England, they brought someone to talk to the team about homosexuality," he told Le Parisien.
"Some of my colleagues said 'it is against my religion, if there is a homosexual in this locker room, let him leave the club' and other comments.
"At that time, I said, 'shut up'. I played with players who were gay. Face to face, they opened up with me because they are afraid to speak otherwise.
"There are at least two players per club who are gay. But in the world of football, if you say so, it's over."
Evra enjoyed a remarkable playing career, in which he represented the likes of United, Juventus, Monaco, Marseille, Nice and West Ham United.