The daughter of former Wimbledon striker John Fashanu has claimed she knows of seven gay footballers currently playing in the Premier League.
Homosexuality in top-flight football is a topic close to Amal Fashanu’s heart after her uncle Justin Fashanu killed himself in 1998 after coming out as gay.
Amal, who made a name for herself when she starred in BBC Three documentary ‘Britain’s Gay Footballers’ in January 2012, believes homosexual footballers are trapped in a ‘dark world’ because they are scared to come out.
Amal said of gay Premier League footballers: ‘I actually know myself of seven. I will never, ever share their details.
‘I’m not going to out them because I would never do that.
‘You want to be honest, even to help them out, but you just can’t do that. The football world is extremely dark.
‘I don’t even want to imagine being a footballer, what it must be like.’
Former Premier League star Thomas Hitzlsperger came out in 2014 to become the first openly gay player to have played in the Premier League.
However the German’s announcement came a few months after announcing his retirement from the professional game.
Ex-Leeds United midfielder Robbie Rogers, who is currently plying his trade at LA Galaxy, decided to retire at the age of 25 after publicly coming out as gay before making a U-turn to seal a move back to the MLS in 2013.
Hitzlsperger hopes announcing he’s gay will change attitudes.