‘It’s sort of the hidden problem in football’; Altrincham FC look to tackle homophobia head on

Those were the words of Altrincham FC director Bill Waterson as his club looked to line up in a special, LGBT-inspired rainbow kit to try and raise attention to an issue in football often overlooked in his eyes. The National League club wanted to tackle the issue both on and off the pitch, for both players and supporters alike.

For the Vanarama National League North side, making a clear show of support for the LGBT cause within men’s football was something that the club had been wanting to do for some time.

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‘It was a clean tackle and he just turned and called me a f*****’; Playing football as a gay player

Those were the words that one teammate said to Brandon McKenna during a training session that made him truly question whether he wanted to continue playing football anymore.

It lead to McKenna taking a nine month break from football, but luckily he was able to rekindle his passion for the game in a much more welcoming environment through LGBT-friendly club Village Manchester FC.

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Homosexuality on the football pitch; Professional football’s curious struggle with the LGBT athlete

Homosexuality has a strange place on the pitch in association football. Despite noticeable efforts to improve the situation, there continues to be a noticeable lack of LGBT professional footballers in the men’s game; especially compared to both women’s football and other sports.

According to the 2006 FIFA Big Count, there were a total of 113,000 professional footballers registered with their associated national federations.

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Parents raise safeguarding concerns over Football Association’s Full-Time FA website

Parents of junior footballers across the United Kingdom have expressed concerns over their children’s information and locations – some as young as seven years old – being publicly available on the Football Association’s Full-Time FA website.

The Football Association use the Full-Time FA website as a way of teams at all levels of English grassroots football to track and record their seasons. This includes full team sheets of each club’s registered players, locations of their upcoming matches and past results and players involved.

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