‘We’re all the same and we should be treated this way’: Football would fully support players who choose to come out as gay, urges Everton stars Richarlison and Lucas Digne
- Everton stars Richarlison and Lucas Digne say gay players would be welcome
- According to the duo, the football world would unite in support of teammates
- There are currently no openly gay stars active in the Premier League or EFL
- But Richarlison and Digne have insisted that players receive unambiguous support
The football community would unite in support of all active players who choose to be gay, the Everton duo Richarlison and Lucas Digne have insisted.
Both stars have expressed support for equality ahead of the Liverpool City Region Pride, which will be celebrated on Saturday. The event shows unity with the local LGBT + community.
Everton remains strong advocates of social integration, and the club also has its own LGBT + supporters group, Rainbow Toffees.
Everton stars Richarlison (pictured) and Lucas Digne insist on supporting gay footballers
The duo expressed their support ahead of Saturday’s Liverpool City Region Pride
The Merseyside outfit’s efforts to help eliminate discrimination will be supported by the inspirational comments from two of their top players.
As it stands, there are no overtly gay footballers in the Premier League or EFL, and concerns remain as to how a star would be greeted itself.
Everton has contributed to promoting equality in an effort to bring about positive change, but their All Together Now campaign is another important part of this.
And now Richarlison and Digne have emphasized that any player who chooses to come out as gay would receive full and unambiguous support from his teammates.
Everton has partnered with the Rainbow Laces campaign and continues to advocate for equality
“I think football is becoming more inclusive and it should be,” Richarlison told Everton official website. “The world has changed a lot, we cannot live like people did 100 years ago.
“We are all the same and we need to be treated this way. Why not in football? We cannot be a bubble in the world.
“I don’t think it would be a problem here or anywhere else [if a player came out as gay]. Everyone should be treated with respect and equality in the first place.
“I read a letter sent to the press by a gay Premier League athlete saying that the situation he is living in is damaging his mental health and that he is afraid to tell his teammates for fear that it will be even worse is going to be. It should not be like that. ‘
Gylfi Sigurdsson wore the Rainbow Laces captaincy against Chelsea in December
Digne insisted that Everton’s dressing room show nothing but respect for a gay teammate
Digne, who has impressed the left back since signing with Everton in 2018, is also convinced that the club’s locker room would respond ‘normally’ if a player revealed in their books that they are gay.
“Players are open, we talk about every topic,” said the French international. “No one has to be shocked and everything will be fine.
“It is something that is normal. Everyone is treated equally. This is how it is at Everton and what I have always seen in football. This wouldn’t be any different, it wouldn’t be a problem. ‘
Ex-Everton midfielder, and now head of the sport in Stuttgart, Thomas Hitzlsperger publicly announced that he was gay in 2014 after retirement.