Greg changes his mind

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Greg Clarke, the chairman of the English FA, says he has spoken to gay players about providing more support and helping them to come out as a group. “I put the message out there that if a number of top-level pros want to come out, why don’t we synchronise it, so one person doesn’t have to come out on their own,” he told the Times.

“The Premier League, the Football League and the FA could do it at the start of the season,” he added.

Clarke has been FA chairman since September. In October he said he would not recommend a player coming out because of the risk of abuse, mainly from fans of opposing teams.