Ex- Aston Villa and Wimbledon striker John Fashanuâ€™s daughter, Amal Fashanu has revealed she knows about 7 gay footballers in the premier league who canâ€™t come out publicly because of the criticism and backlash that will befall them if they make their sexual orientation public.
During an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live, Amal, whose uncle Jamal Fashanu killed himself in 1998, 8 years after admitting he was gay, said footballers donâ€™t come out publicly to reveal their sexual orientation because they are trapped in a â€˜dark worldâ€™. Amal said of gay Premier League footballers:
â€˜I actually know myself of seven. I will never, ever share their details. â€˜Iâ€™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 canâ€™t do that. The football world is extremely dark. I donâ€™t even want to imagine being a footballer, what it must be like.â€™
In her revealing interview, Amal also admitted the toil that having a footballer father can have on a family.
â€œAt times I find myself with a really big wall because you have to protect yourself,â€ she said. â€œAt the time my dad was playing for Aston Villa and on Gladiators, one of the biggest shows on a Saturday night. â€œHe 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. â€œI donâ€™t think people realise how much families of footballers actually suffer. â€œMy mum would try to protect me. So I wouldnâ€™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. Itâ€™s horrible.â€