Now is not the time for Gay footballers to come out?

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West Ham winger Matt Jarvis has joined in the belief that Gay footballers should now come out, but with current issues of racism in football, surely now is not a good time.

It is becoming more of a vocal notion for Gay footballers to announce themselves in the sport and West Ham winger Matt Jarvis this week, called for it to happen.

Jarvis became only the third footballer to feature on the cover of UK's bestselling gay magazine, Attitude, in a bid for footballers to come out and openly admit their sexuality.

The former Wolves midfielder, who is married, follows the likes of Freddie Ljundberg and David Beckham to appear in the magazine and he is hoping his inclusion will break the games much talked about taboo.

"It's everyday life. It's not something that's going to be a shock," he said.

"I'm sure there are many footballers who are gay, but when they decide to actually come out and say it, it is a different story. It's one that I'm sure they've thought about many times. But it's a hard thing for them to do."

However, I'm not sure the football association and Jarvis in particular have completely thought this one through.

Following a year (2012) of constant racial problems in the English game, they now want to open up a whole new can of worms that will undoubtedly lead to even more on and off field problems.

Fans, are fickle. Very recent history proves that. 

This season for example has seen some banned for racist remarks and actions this season, whilst players such as Luis Suarez and John Terry have been involved in incidents where they have used offensive racist words towards other players.

We all know, whether it be in the playground or in general life, Racism and Sexuality are the two biggest problems that the so-called 'norm' of our much beloved country find hard to accept.

English people fail to understand that our country has become a country of various religions, nationalities and personalities, whilst they also find it hard to accept a person who has different sexuality interests.

But would the FA really be able to manage both? I am in no doubt that if footballer (A) came out this week, he would then receive verbal abuse, chanting and on-field remarks whilst playing this weekend.

It would be great, no doubt if footballer (A) could come out and be proud of who he is but at a time when people in England are finding it hard to accept even colour or religion, openly admitting your gay in the sport of football, should be treated with even further delicacy.

Take Justin Fashanu, the first black £1m footballer, who played for Norwich, Nottingham Forest and Hearts but was gay and when he announced it, suffered extensive abuse and eventually killed himself eight years later.

The only footballer to come out since is Anton Hysen, a player in the Swedish lower leagues, however Mario Gomez of Bayern Munich has hinted his sexuality in recent months.

"There'd be support everywhere within the football community, whether it be players, fans or within the PFA [Professional Footballers' Association]," Jarvis went on to say.

"There would definitely be groups of people who would be supportive and help them through it."

Groups of people, yes, but no-where near enough to stop our fickle fans and players from attacking those that choose to do so.

Although it is right and fair, right now in this time of English football, where other problems continue to resurface, those that have different sexualities would be better keeping quiet for a little longer.

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