A survey of more than 400 football fans in Hertfordshire has found the sport still has a serious problem with homophobia.
Police and the county's Football Association commissioned the research in the run up to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
It found there was still too little acceptable of homosexuality in the game - and suggested the days of openly gay professional footballer were still a long way away.
Callum Ellis is Hitchin Town FC's community coach and is gay. He said he hoped shining a light on the problem would help reduce it.
The results of the survey were revealed today. It found:
- 86% would feel comfortable if their favourite club signed a new gay player
- 81% said homophobic chanting at matches was unacceptable
- 45% had heard homophobic abuse at a game within the last three years
- 10% feared having a gay player would make team mates feel uncomfortable
- 19% disagreed that gay football players should come out to help others do the same
- 10% believed gay professional players should keep their sexuality to themselves
- 61% of fans want clubs to do more to educate fans about homophobia
- 20% would not feel comfortable reporting abuse if they were a victim at a match
- 94% think clubs and police should take action against abuse by arresting offenders, banning them from grounds, or referring them to police
Hertfordshire Police and the Hertfordshire FA have pledged to work together to take a strong stance against homophobia in football and make it a thing of the past.
They will create a "third party reporting centre" at football clubs across the county to allow victims of any hate crime report offences immediately without having to come into direct contact with police officers.