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Arsenal communications chief, Mark Gonnella has spoken out on what the club are doing to tackle homophobia.
The Gunner gave Casey Stoney huge support when she came out as gay in 2014 – and are ready to do the same for any other player who comes forward.
Charity Stonewall revealed that nearly three-quarters of British football fans have heard homophobic abuse at a match in the last five years.
With Gonnella believes soon a top Premier League star will come out open as a gay.
He told BBC Radio 4: “We are part of ensuring that environment does change sufficiently that a player would feel comfortable to do it.
“We’ve seen it happen in the women’s game and our very own Casey Stoney has come out.
“She has got massive support from across sport and the football club at Arsenal.”
Gonnella Worrying research reveals that 18 to 24-year-olds are likely to say they would be embarrassed if their favourite player open up to be a gay.
Gonnella added: “Campaigns like the one by Stonewall are all about making people realise homophobia is socially unacceptable.
“That’s what we’re trying to do at Arsenal and that’s what Stonewall are trying to do by getting the whole of grassroots football behind their Rainbow Laces campaign.”
Stonewall chief executive Ruth Hunt said: “While the majority of people see homophobic chants and abuse as a problem, and want to see sport become more welcoming of lesbian gay, bi and trans players and fans, there is a persistent minority who believe this sort of abuse is acceptable.
“These vocal few may be under the illusion that anti-LGBT language is harmless but it makes lesbian, gay, bi and trans fans and players feel unsafe, unwelcome and unable to be themselves.
“We need high-profile sports clubs and personalities to stand up as allies and help make sport everyone’s game by showing that homophobic abuse has no place in sport.”