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Reports that two Premier League stars set to come out as gay

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Premier League may be about to see its first openly gay players
Premier League may be about to see its first openly gay players

Reports in the UK say that two players, including one England international, are ready to come out as gay.

If the players do speak about their sexuality they would be the first openly gay active players in the Premier League.

The story in the Mirror says that the players feel that the climate in football may finally be accepting of gay footballers and that the players may make the announcement before the beginning of next season.

Almost every other major sport, from hurling to rugby, has had players speak openly about their sexuality and continue their careers without any trouble but professional football in the UK has yet to have its maturity tested.

Former Aston Villa player Thomas Hitzlsperger said he was gay after he retired in 2014 and Robbie Rogers quit the game after saying he was gay in 2012 before returning to the sport, where he now plays for the LA Galaxy alongside Robbie Keane.

The Mirror also report that a well-known player told friends he was gay in 2011 but his car was them daubed with a homophobic slur.