Richie Anderson a profession football player and BBC presenter came out as gay to his teammates. He decided to come out while filming BBC's One Show. He discusses being gay with Paul Elliott, who is a member of the Football Association (FA) Inclusion Advisory Board. The program is meant to review several angles of being gay in the football world.
Rickie also explores the topic with a football manager who is gay and manages two teams, one team all the players are straight and the a Birmingham team where the players are gay.
Mr. Anderson admits that he has been out to family and friends for several years, and wanted to record the moment he came out to his teammates. “My friends know and my family know, but as soon as I’m on a football pitch, it just feels like a taboo,” says Anderson. It was his fear of being rejected by his teammates that kept him silent and he stated on the One Show film “It’s homophobia in football. And the reason why that means a lot to me is that I’m a gay footballer. I just wanted to be open and honest because with you lot, it’s just been class.”
You can catch the program on BBC one or watch the moment below.