Arsenal chief Ivan Gazidis ‘absolutely convinced’ there will be openly gay footballers within five years

Arsenal CEO Ivan Gazidis is ‘absolutely convinced’ that there will be openly gay footballers in the Premier League within the next five years.
Former Aston Villa Thomas Hitzlsperger revealed that he was gay after retiring, while United States international Robbie Rogers has come out while still playing for LA Galaxy.
The last prominent English footballer to reveal he was gay was Justin Fashanu in 1990 but the Norwich City star was unfortunately subjected to abuse after the revelation.
But Gazidis, speaking at LGBT forum Pride and Prejudice, said he was ‘absolutely convinced that in five years time we will have openly gay players’.
Arsenal chief convinced there will be openly gay footballers within five years

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUNE 20: Former german national player Thomas Hitzlsperger looks on before the UEFA European Under-21 Group A match between Germany and Denmark at Eden Stadium on June 20, 2015 in Prague, Czech Republic. (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC – JUNE 20: Former german national player Thomas Hitzlsperger looks on before the UEFA European Under-21 Group A match between Germany and Denmark at Eden Stadium on June 20, 2015 in Prague, Czech Republic. (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Thomas Hitzlsperger revealed he was gay in 2014 (Picture: Getty)
‘Sport’s such an interesting space. It’s a tremendously competitive environment, and if you close your self off to any section of society, you’re not being competitive,’ said Gazidis.
‘We as a club have a responsibility to make a public statement about what our values are.
‘In the dressing room, it’s a non-issue. [The players are] openly supportive of these issues, so you have to wonder why someone hasn’t come out.’
Source: Metro