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'There Is Probably One Gay Or Bisexual Player In Each Team'

A Premier League captain believes there are a number of gay or bisexual footballers in England who are afraid to come out for fear of being the first active player to do so.

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Only two male players who have had careers in England have come out as gay, with Justin Fashanu being Britain's first and only footballer to have done so since 1990, and ex-Aston Villa and Germany midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger being the second in 2014, according to Sky Sports.

Watford captain Troy Deeney, however, believes there are far more men in the Premier League who could be gay or bisexual, but thinks they are scared to come out as they do not want to be the face of what could potentially be a new conversation.  

"I would go on record saying that there is probably one gay or bi person in every football team. They're there, they are 100% there," he said on a BBC podcast called Grounded with Louis Theroux.

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"I think people that are gay or from that community definitely are very worried about having to shoulder the responsibility of being the first. I think once the first comes out, there would be loads.

"If they came out and said it, I genuinely believe you would get, in the first week, at least 100 people that went 'me too'. Just because they don't want to be the face of it.

"I think there is now a bigger platform than ever to be a gay athlete of any nature.

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"I also wonder why people finish football, rugby, whatever the sport it might be, and then go, 'I am gay'. I feel like it must be a real heavy load to carry throughout all your whole sporting career."

Do you think Deeney's remarks could inspire gay or bisexual male footballers to come out? Let us know in the comments section below.

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