Homophobia in Football


  • 72% of football fans say they have heard homophobic abuse while watching live sports in the past five years.

  • Nearly two thirds of people say more should be done to make LGBT people feel accepted in sport.

  • 63% of young people say they wish more sports players were open about their sexual orientation. 

  • Nearly 90% of supporters say they would be either 'proud' or 'neutral' if their favourite player came out as gay.

Food for thought

  • In 2018, Russia hosts the FIFA World Cup Finals. It is illegal in Russia to promote or engage in 'propaganda' relating to LGBT relationships.

  • In 2022, Qatar hosts the FIFA World Cup Finals. Qatar is one of 10 countries in the world where being gay is illegal and punishable by death.

*ICM survey, August 2016, commissioned by Stonewall