Former England and Premier League footballer ‘could come out as gay in a new TV documentary’ following Blackpool star Jake Daniels’ announcement this week
A former England and Premier League footballer could come out as gay in a new TV documentary.
This week Blackpool‘s Jake Daniels became the only openly gay male professional player in Britain.
Daniels became the first UK player to come out since Justin Fashanu in 1990.
A source told The Sun: ‘This documentary is going to be big and is the talk of the game at the moment.
‘But after Jake made his announcement, it has just got bigger and made the topic even more relevant.
An ex-England and Premier League player could follow Jake Daniels by coming out as gay
‘They have been in talks with a secretly gay player and are confident he will participate and come out on the show.
‘The overwhelmingly positive reaction to Jake’s announcement has made him all the more confident.
‘He realises Jake has been incredibly brave and feels he could also be a role-model who breaks down barriers if he does the same thing.’
17-year-old Daniels received praise from many current and former players after coming out as gay.
England captain and Tottenham star Harry Kane wrote on Twitter: ‘Massive credit to you @Jake_Daniels11 and the way your friends, family, club, and captain have supported you. Football should be welcoming for everyone.’
Meanwhile, former Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand described Daniels’ decision to come out as ‘brave’.
The ex-player is in talks with Channel 4 over appearing in an upcoming documentary
Ferdinand wrote: ‘Massive respect for this brave decision. Let’s all help create a safe and supportive environment for LGBTQ+ people in football and beyond!’.
Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville described Daniels’ decision to come out as ‘a big, big moment for football’.
Neville said: ‘I am incredibly proud just to see a 17 year old give that interview with that level of quality. What he has just done takes incredible courage, that would seem like the unthinkable back then [15-20 years ago]. I can ‘t imagine how difficult that has been. It is a day of great importance for him and for English football. It is a big, big moment for football.
‘I was on the PFA management committee 15-20 years ago where this was a major issue where there wasn’t a player comfortable enough to come out.’
Daniels received praise from current and former players following his announcement
Jamie Carragher praised the way in which the situation was handled by Blackpool.
Carragher said: ‘I think it is important that they see how they have gone about it. That is what they will need going forward, and obviously as a player we hope he does really well. It is an example [the way the club have handled it] for going forward.’
The Justin Fashanu Foundation said that Daniels’ announcement could be a turning point for other gay footballers.
A statement read: ‘Jake’s announcement will come as a huge comfort to the many footballers at all levels of the game – from grass roots to the professional leagues – still secretly living as gay and who still feel unable to come out.
‘I truly hope this announcement marks a turning point and that other footballers, who wish to do so, feel they can talk more openly about the life they lead off the field.’