Championship Blackpool player Jake Daniels (17) appeared in an interview with Sky Sport on Monday. He is the first professional British footballer to speak publicly about his homosexuality since Justin Fashanu in 1990.
“I am ready to be myself, to be independent and to be confident”. Blackpool youth player Jake Daniels dominated the British media on Monday in the championship.
He spoke in detail on the occasion of World Day Against Homophobia on Tuesday sky game“I can’t really put a date on him, but I was probably five or six years old when I realized I was gay. I’ve lived with that lie for a long time. At that age, you really don’t.” Let’s think football and being gay don’t mix. You just tell yourself one day that when I grow up I’ll have a girlfriend and I’ll change and it’ll be fine. But as you grow up you have to Realize that you can’t just change. It doesn’t work that way.”
“I don’t want to lie anymore”
“I’ve had girlfriends in the past, to try and make all my houses think I was straight, but it was just a huge cover-up. I wasn’t ready and it was a fight but I don’t want to lie anymore.” has been,” he continued.
“Shoulder burden and great relief”
Jake Daniels explains that he came out to his family, then his teammates and his club. “I told my mother and my sister. The next day we played Accrington and I scored four goals. It just goes to show how burdensome it was and a huge relief.”
The youngster also thanked his club: “Blackpool has been absolutely amazing. […] All my colleagues have been very supportive. They asked lots of questions, they were all curious, and their responses were fantastic. He asked me why I didn’t tell him earlier. It’s the best thing I could have asked for.” “The captain was one of the main people I spoke to. In the end he simply said, ‘I am proud of you’. It meant a lot,” he adds. Jake Daniels also posted a letter on his club’s website.
Jake Daniels (17) thus became the first British pro footballer to drop out since Justin Fashanu in 1990. Homosexuality remains a taboo subject in the football world, as it showed again this weekend. The PSG player was not present to face Montpellier on Saturday “for personal reasons”, while all Ligue 1 players were required to wear a fringed rainbow jersey in support of the LGBTQ+ community.