Jake Daniels: Why coming out is important in football

Jake Daniels has made history by becoming the first openly gay male professional footballer in 32 years. The Blackpool forward released a statement yesterday and has been praised by the likes of Harry Kane, Gary Lineker and even the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson.

Daniels is the first active male footballer to come out in the UK since Justin Fashanu in 1990 and at just 17 years old, he’s set to be a role model for many years to come.

We speak to Joe White, the co-chair of Pride in Football, a network of UK LGBT+ football fans. They tell us what this means for the community, whether they think any Premier League players will follow in Jake’s footsteps and we look ahead to the issues around the Qatar World Cup later this year. 

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