The daughter of former Wimbledon striker John Fashanu claims she knows of seven gay footballers currently playing in the Premier Leag...
The daughter of former Wimbledon striker John Fashanu claims she knows of seven gay footballers currently playing in the Premier League.
Homosexuality in top-flight football is a topic close to Amal Fashanu's heart after her uncle Justin Fashanu killed himself in 1998 after coming out as gay.
|Her uncle Justin Fashanu came out as gay in October 1990 before killing himself in May 1998|
The ex- Aston Villa and Wimbledon striker John Fashanu's daughter, Amal Fashanu has revealed she the 7 gay footballers in the premier league who can't come out publicly because of the criticism and backlash that will befall them if they make their sexual orientation public.
|Amal Fashanu (left, daughter of former Wimbledon star John) claims there are seven gay top-flight stars|
Amal, who made a name for herself when she starred in BBC Three documentary 'Britain's Gay Footballers' in January 2012, believes homosexual footballers are trapped in a 'dark world' because they are scared to come out.
'I actually know myself of seven. I will never, ever share their details. 'I’m not going to out them because I would never do that. You want to be honest, even to help them out, but you just can’t do that. The football world is extremely dark. I don’t even want to imagine being a footballer, what it must be like.'
In her revealing interview, Amal also admitted the toil that having a footballer father can have on a family.
"At times I find myself with a really big wall because you have to protect yourself," she said. "At the time my dad was playing for Aston Villa and on Gladiators, one of the biggest shows on a Saturday night. "He used to come and present prizes at sports day. And I used to try and win them all just so that I could see him for a little while. "I don’t think people realise how much families of footballers actually suffer. "My mum would try to protect me. So I wouldn’t find out things. But nowadays, with the internet, all you need to do is type in your own name and you can see it. It’s horrible."