Playing the Field

‘Don’t drop your soap in the shower’ was what my Geography teacher once said when we asked him about homosexuality.

Football has gained acceptance for some things, and not for others

He was a kind-hearted man in nature, however a self-confessed homophobe and also the head coach of the rugby team, an unfortunate if coincidental combination. Though I respected him for being up-front about it, can you imagine someone who was openly racist in such a position? You see, after the world gives itself a collective pat on the back for giving so much support to the Paralympics, soccer continues to ostracise those who are different in another way. Having battled with racism (a problem that’s been rearing its ugly head once more recently), sexism and politics; again football finds itself at the centre of a cultural problem that refuses to go away. Homophobia.

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