It is "unacceptable" that footballers still feel the need to hide their sexuality out of fear of abuse, a Liberal Democrat minister has said. Stephen Williams has called for anti-gay abuse to be tackled "with the same vigour" as racism.
Football clubs in England and Wales have done a frankly remarkable job at cracking down on racism since it was rife in the 1970s.
With the occasional exception that draws deserved criticism from fans up our game is leagues ahead of many of our European neighbours when it comes to integration.
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