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World Cup 2014: Gay on the lawn and homophobic in the stands?
Blogmensgo, gay blog, 21 June 2014) Navi Pillay, High commissioner of the United Nations for Human Rights, on June 16, 2014 sent a message that homosexual footballers selected for the World Cup in Brazil who are coming out during this time, homophobia is in continuous stages of crackdown.
South Africa, including the UN mandate ending on July 31, “Encourages players and athletes in general to assert their sexual orientation without fear.” Only one out of the closet they believe would better understand and accept gays and lesbians. “The players are role models, it is important to send this message to their fans” said Pillay.
No professional footballer has made his coming out in Mid-Career, with the exception of Justin Fashanu. Robbie Rogers is a special case, since the US International came out of the closet the same day as he announced his retirement.
No footballer among the 32 teams competing in Brazil does not know he is or was gay. In contrast, the international football federation (FIFA) has commenced disciplinary proceedings against the Mexican Football Federation for “Bad Behaviour”. They are accused of having Mexican fans make homophobic remarks against the Cameroonian goalkeeper Charles Itandje. This is the first time that FIFA expedites proceedings for that reason.
The big news of the day, is the match between Switzerland and France, which divided the teams of Mensgo and BlogMensGo into two fiercely opposing camps and prevented work for a number of hours (something I stayed clear of because I am English!!).
It is also worth mentioning at this point, the post here, which unfortunately is only in French, for the official Google blog of France, where they report the creation of videos on LGBT issues with its subsidiary YouTube and google also say “In honor of the upcoming World Cup in Brazil, we wish to pay tribute to the LGBT athletes, their fans and team mates, as well as creators of YouTube”.
This article has been translated from our French blog, to view the original, click here.