Wednesday, August 31, 2022

On homophobia in football

In a televison segment on homophobia in football, former Swiss player Kay Voser spoke with Andi Geu of the FARE Network. They argued that Marius Müller (the FC Lucerne player who recently made homophobic statements) should not be treated as an exception, as football is rife with homophobia. The language Müller used ("schwül", a German term for "gay") is common in locker rooms and on the pitch, where it is hardly ever called out. Further, football fans, like society as a whole, often characterize players using homophobic (as well as racist and sexist) language. Finally, they argued that it would be best if a group of homosexual players came out together. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 31 August 2022)

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