Why gay footballers are scared to come out - Griezmann

Solenn Plantier
Juin 8, 2017

In this interview, the player of Atletico Madrid starts the theme of homosexuality which is still a very delicate subject in the middle of football.

"Of course they (the squad) are thinking about this (transfers) and him (Griezmann) as well", he said. "In an interview to the magazine ICON, the young man mentioned the taboo, always present, of homosexuality in the football environment".

United have subsequently cooled their interest and Griezmann, 26, told French television show Telefoot on Sunday that he appreciated it is now a "hard time" for Atletico. "We have spoken with the board and we are going to go again for next season", added Griezmann, who is now with the France squad for next Friday's 2018 World Cup qualifier away to Sweden.

The France worldwide was strongly linked with a move to Diego Simeone's side at the end of the season after netting 127 goals in 274 appearances for Lyon.

"They are important decisions, but he made his choice, the case is closed".

However it had been seen as good news for both United and Arsenal, who are keen on landing the pacy striker this season.

And Griezmann has admitted that the lack of openly gay players is due to a fear of what others in the game will think. The fact that he was already able to make that decision is a good thing.

France face Sweden in a World Cup qualifier in the upcoming global window as well as a friendly against England.

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