Pat Nevin and Graham Le Saux provided a fascinating insight into their respective experiences of homophobia in football on the debut episode of our new podcast Friends in Football, which is currently available on iTunes.
Both Chelsea icons both faced horrendous homophobic abuse during their careers, but maintain that the English game is - at long last - catching up with the real world in booting such nonsensical and obnoxious behaviour out of the sport.
Tonight, Manchester United that tonight announced they’d become the first UK football club to be partnered with LGBT equality charity Stonewall UK. Stonewall is an LGBT charity which was founded in 1989 by a small group of people who had been active in the struggle against Section 28 of the 'Local Government Act'; an offensive piece of legislation designed to prevent the so-called 'promotion' of homosexuality in schools, as well as stigmatising lesbian, gay and bi people. They now work towards equality and fairness in schools, workplaces and wider society.
Of course, the difficulty with wider society is that there are always pig-ignorant morons, and not everybody was on board with United actually setting a good example for a change.
I'd rather support Bolton Wanderers than a club that endorses immorality without considering the fans
— Certified Shooter (@LegendaryDuhu) March 7, 2017
Unfortunately for this fan, however, their slur didn't go unnoticed by United's neighbours Bolton, who promptly told him or her where to go.
Concise. Pertinent. Magnificent. Fair play to Bolton for speaking out where other clubs would have warned their social media team not to go near it.
Mind you, they weren't the only one to give the above dickhead a bit of a roasting.
@drexl73 @Fortunefilmzng @ManUtd @stonewalluk he won't be welcomed either.
— Connor Davidson (@Connor_bwfc98) March 7, 2017
@Fortunefilmzng @ManUtd @stonewalluk on your bike then mate.
— Richard Cann (@RichardCann76) March 7, 2017
@Fortunefilmzng @ManUtd @stonewalluk the doors at #bwfc are closed to bigots, thanks.
— janet marland (@janetmarland) March 7, 2017