Gay footballers would be treated with respect if they were to go public about their sexuality, Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore claimed yesterday.
The Daily Mirror has reported that two top-flight players are set to come out with the support of their clubs and Scudamore is confident the reaction will be positive.
“The environment would be entirely suitable for them to come out,” he said.
“It would be welcomed and I think there would be a tolerance to it. I think the time would be right to do that.”
Scudamore added he was “absolutely sure” there were gay players in the league, saying: “It would be very strange if there wasn’t.”
Justin Fashanu was the last openly gay player in the English game, with former Aston Villa midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger coming out after his retirement in 2014.
Last year Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said it was unlikely a player would come out during their career because of the media scrutiny they would face.
“Because of media interest, maybe no one will come out,” said Wenger in May 2014.
“He could not come out during his career which means we still have some progress to make in our game.”