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The late Justin Fashanu has been inducted into the National Football Museum'sHall of Fame on Wednesday, on what would have been his 59th birthday.
Fashanu was England's first male English professional to come out as gay while still playing, back in 1990. He took his own life in 1998.
His niece Amal Fashanu, who campaigns against homophobia in sport and is a co-founder of The Justin Fashanu Foundation, received the award on his behalf at the museum in Manchester during LGBT History Month.
Watch her acceptance speech below:
Fashanu was the first black footballer to command a £1m transfer fee with his move from Norwich to Nottingham Forest in 1981. He played for a total of 22 clubs in England, North America, Scotland and New Zealand.
Speaking with emotion Amal Fashanu said:
"We miss Justin a lot, he was a hero for me and other people... There is just not a better way that I can think of to spend Justin's birthday."
Amal Fashanu told ITV's Tim Scott what her uncle would have thought of the day.
Tim Desmond, of the National Football Museum, talks to ITV News' Tim Scott about why Justin was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Fashanu's induction coincides with the launch of the National Football Museum's LGBT+ Tour. The tour features objects from the museum's collection which tell the story of LGBT+ history within the context of football.
Also attending the ceremony was Di Cunningham a member of Proud Canaries and a campaigner for Justin's induction.
She talked about his importance as a role model, and the struggles he had gone through in terms of homophobic and racial abuse.
Watch an extract of her speech below
Fans illustrated Justin's importance with the unveiling of a special banner to mark the 40th anniversary of his goal against Liverpool.
Di Cunningham tells ITV's Tim Scott that more needs to be done to make football inclusive.
Also welcoming Justin's induction was one of City's most famous fans - Stephen Fry. He tweeted: