Coming out and coming back — each was a difficult decision for Robbie Rogers, and one complicated the other. He told the world in February that he is gay and at the same moment said he was leaving soccer. Now, Rogers is reversing field and has agreed to terms with the Los Angeles Galaxy, according to two people familiar with the negotiations. He also hopes to play for the U. How much of a coward was I to not step up to the plate?
November 18, For female soccer players in France, makeup and long hair are encouraged — being out and proud is not. While the sport basked in the glow of the World Cup this past summer, it continues to struggle on two fronts: gender equality and LGBTQ issues. Female players earn much less than male counterparts, and the fight to be seen as equals has hindered progress on talking about homosexuality in the player ranks. In September, the president of the French Football Federation, which governs pros and amateurs, pitted himself against the pro league by announcing that he would tell referees not to stop games over homophobic incidents. Around the perimeter, an all-male team runs laps before moving to one side of the field to play.
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He dreaded going to work with his colleagues. By the time he got into training, he was so nervous he felt sick. For 14 years, Le Saux endured the taunts of everyone from team-mates and players such as Robbie Fowler, who bent over in front of him and pointed at his backside during a match, to thousands of vociferous fans chanting obscenities. The cultured left-back was, in a sense, England's first outed footballer.