Homophobia in sport: UK government to hold inquiry

Casey Stoney
Arsenal defender and former England captain Casey Stoney is Britain's highest-profile gay footballer

The UK government is to hold an inquiry into the issue of homophobia in sport.

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee is planning to investigate the different experiences of men and women across a range of sports.

An inquiry into racism in football four years ago found homophobia was emerging as a bigger problem than other forms of discrimination.

"It is clear homophobia remains a serious issue," said Culture, Media and Sport Committee chair Jesse Norman.

Robbie Rogers
Former Leeds winger Robbie Rogers became the first openly gay athlete to play in a top North American sport league when he featured for LA Galaxy in 2013

"We are particularly interested in looking at the possible differences between sports, and sports governing bodies, and between the experiences of sportsmen and sportswomen."

There are no openly gay male professional footballers in England or Scotland and the inquiry will hear opinions on why athletes may be fearful of being open about their sexuality.

The public can submit written submissions on the issue before the deadline of 29 April, 2016.

Have you added the new Top Story alerts in the BBC Sport app? Simply head to the menu in the app - and don't forget you can also add score alerts for your football team and more.

Top Stories