After openly-gay Australian footballer, Josh Cavallo recently suffered abuse from fans, Manchester United legend Patrice Evra has revealed he had teammates open up to him about being gay.
With the Premier League having launched an initiative called the 'Rainbow Laces Campaign', aimed at bringing visibility for LGBTQ+ people in sport and awareness around their experiences, the subject of inclusivity in football has gained some level of attention.
Former France full-back Evra has now weighed in on the topic, revealing his own experiences of featuring alongside gay footballers.
"When I was in England, they brought someone to talk to the team about homosexuality," Evra explained in an interview with French outlet Le Parisien.
"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.
"There are at least two players per club who are gay. But in the world of football, if you say so, it's over."
These sentiments regarding intolerance in the sport come shortly after Adelaide United player Cavallo was targetted in a game against Melbourne Victory in Australia’s top-flight last Saturday.
Scroll through the gallery below to see eight players who had altercations with fans.
The 22-year-old took to social media to condemn the members of the crowd who hurled homophobic abuse at him when he came on as a second-half substitute, and also called for them to be held accountable.
The left-back was lauded for coming out via his club’s official social media channels back in October 2021.