The two players would be the first footballers to ever come out publicly while playing in the English top flight

Former England football team manager Graham Taylor

Backing: Former England football team manager Graham Taylor has offered the players his support

Former England manager Graham Taylor has backed the two Premier League stars who are planning to announce they are gay.
They would be the first footballers to ever come out publicly while playing in the English top flight.
Taylor, 71, said: “I don’t know who they are, but good for them.”
He added: “If they do come out, then at least they will be in control of the situation.
“A lot of things are said in dressing rooms in football. This way, the players concerned make sure that any information comes out in the way that they want.”

  Daily Mirror
How the Daily Mirror reported the news

The Mirror revealed on Saturday the two stars – one an England international – have decided the time is right to make an announcement.
They have told family and friends, and are being supported by their clubs and the Football Association.

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The Professional Footballers’ Association union, which will advise them, said it is high time the game was ready to accept players as being gay.
Ed Connell, chairman of the Gay Football Supporters’ Network, hailed the prospect of Premier League stars coming out as “very, very welcome”.
But he added he feared a “witch-hunt”, with people speculating on social media as to the identity of the players.

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Last year West Ham Utd and Germany star Thomas Hitzlsperger became the first ex-Premier League player to come out, after he retired.
England women’s football skipper Casey Stoney also revealed she is a lesbian.
Justin Fashanu came out in 1990 after his career in the English top flight was over
Ex-Leeds Utd star Robbie Rogers was surprised more players did not come out after him in 2013.

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He said: “That reminds me how big a problem homophobia is. They don’t feel comfortable.”
Keegan Hirst became the first rugby league player to come out this year, followed shortly after by rugby union player Sam Stanley.

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