After publishing an assumed interview with the secret male lover of a closeted bisexual Premier League soccer star, the sun is under heavy fire. Racheal Dale a reporter for The Sun never identified the name of the player has a child by his long-term female partner, but allegedly has a gay lover on the side who he met at a nightclub and see’s often for sex.
“The Sun knows the identity of the footballer but has chosen not to reveal his name,” Dale stated. The homophobic includes salacious quotes from the man’s supportive lover. This has many calling the story “sensationalist” and “insidious” and calls to boycott the tabloid.
The Mersey Marauders Football Club, a gay team in Liverpool has accused the tabloid of “peddling their homophobic agenda again” and “trying to make headlines about ‘closeted; gay football players having ‘affairs’.”
Ryan Atkin and Premier League referee who came out last year expressed his disapproval “Publishing the story with the underlying theme of a potential sex scandal is just another low blow, whether they print the name or not,” he tells Indy100. “It’s that typical ‘we know who you are’ statement, which is insidious.” Furthermore; “The more people that come out, the easier it becomes for others. But speculation around the sexual orientation of professional footballers is one thing we really need to stop.”