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Patrice Evra reveals team-mates told him they were gay as ex-Manchester United and West Ham defender recalls shocking homophobic attitudes in England

Patrice Evra reveals team-mates told him they were gay as ex-Manchester United and West Ham defender recalls shocking homophobic attitudes in England

Patrice Evra has revealed teammates told him they were gay, while recalling the alarming attitude towards homosexuality he encountered in England.

The former Manchester United and West Ham defender claims there are at least two gay players at every club, although there is currently only one openly homosexual man in the professional game.

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Evra was speaking ahead of the release of his autobiography

Evra insists homosexuality was discriminated against in certain dressing rooms – which he believes stopped gay footballers from coming out publicly.

While he did not specify which English club, Evra told Le Parisen: “When I was in England, they brought someone to talk to the team about homosexuality.

“Some of my colleagues said, ‘It is against my religion, if there is a homosexual in this locker room, let him leave the club’ and other comments. 

“At that time, I said, ‘Shut up’. I played with players who were gay. Face to face, they opened up with me because they are afraid to speak otherwise. 

Evra won the Premier League five times in his time at Man United

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Evra won the Premier League five times in his time at Man United

“There are at least two players per club who are gay. But in the world of football, if you say so, it’s over.”

The Premier League has introduced numerous measures to try and encourage an inclusive environment for people of different sexuality, including the rainbow laces campaign.

Josh Cavallo recently became the first professional male player to come out as gay.

However, the Adelaide United star was recently forced to call out homophobic abuse during a match against Melbourne Victory.

Cavallo came out as gay in October 2021

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Cavallo came out as gay in October 2021

“I’m not going to pretend that I didn’t see or hear the homophobic abuse at the game last night, Cavallo wrote on Instagram.

“There are no words to tell you how disappointed I was. This shouldn’t be acceptable and we need to do more to hold people accountable.

“I will never apologise for living my truth and most recently who I am outside of football.”

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