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De Gea shows support for UK’s first footballer to come out publicly as gay since 1990

Blackpool midfielder Jake Daniels has become the first professional footballer in English football to come out as gay since Justin Fashanu in 1990.

The 17-year-old Championship player, who made his senior debut earlier this year, shared his emotional story with the world and Gary Neville said his decision will go down in history as an important day for English football.

I was incredibly proud just to see a 17-year-old be able to actually do an interview of that level of quality,” Neville told Sky Sports.

“I would not have been able to do that in my mid-twenties or late-twenties. What he has just done took incredible courage. We have been in dressing rooms for many, many years and that would seem like the unthinkable to announce that you are gay. I can’t imagine how difficult that has been.

“It is a day of great importance for Jake and his family but also for English football. It will go down in history. It is a big, big moment for football players. It is of massive importance, this.

“I was on the PFA management committee probably 15 to 20 years ago now whereby this was a major talking point, a major issue at management committee meeting that we did not have a player comfortable enough to come out and say they were gay.

“How do we deal with this? How do we address this? The game has not dealt with this issue well at all. I think it is just about getting good with dealing with this issue from a fans’ perspective.”

It goes without saying that Daniels’ decision to become the first professional player to come out in over three decades deserves huge admiration and respect.

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