Everton duo insist that gay team-mate would be accepted

Everton‘s Lucas Digne and Richarlison feel that the Premier League would accept if a player comes out as gay. There are currently no openly gay footballers in Britain and Richarlison feels that football should not be any different from the ‘real world’ as he hopes his sport will be able to catch up with the rest of the society.

“I think football is becoming more inclusive and so it should,” Richarlison told Everton‘s official website. “The world has changed a lot. We can no longer live as people did 100 years ago. We are all the same and we should be treated this way. I don’t think it would be a problem here or anywhere else [if a player came out as gay]. Everyone must be treated, first, with respect and equality.”

French team-mate Digne says a player coming out would not create any issues in the squad. “We would react normally. We would not have any problem at all with this [a player declaring he was gay],” Digne added. “Players are open, we talk about every subject. Nobody would need to be shocked and everything would be OK. It is something which is normal.”