It's something I feel strongly about. Until people make themselves heard, then we can never change society. People will hide away. I refuse to believe that there are no gay professional footballers. Why? Because our sport has created a dangerous taboo.
Because football is part of society. Unless we break down barriers across the whole of society then we can't expect football to be exempt of such taboos. Can you imagine any other part of society with thousands of people working in the business without a single openly gay employee? Why is this? Because football has created a taboo.
I've been interested to talk to Kick It Out on the back of an interview and a couple of stories I've done. They are terrific at tackling issues in football. But I was really disappointed that the FA dropped their video last year. Sometimes you need to be direct to target the right people.
No, not even close. It was so disappointing the FA withdrew their video campaign last year. I don't think it's on their radar.
Maybe a bit of gentle ribbing because, generally, football journalists aren't very forward thinking either, with a few exceptions.
Yes. 100 per cent. That saddens me greatly. But there is a taboo, the player - particularly if high profile - that would make 'coming out' front page news. It's big news when a pop star 'comes out' and it'd be bigger for a footballer as it would be such a rarity.
To be honest, no. I don't like rumours like these. Someone mentioned a name to me, but that player is married with children, I know him and it was suggested to me that he's openly gay. He could be bisexual, but I doubt it. It certainly wasn't the lifestyle suggested to me. We've all heard the predictable names and they've been wrong. Those sort of rumours are so unhelpful and they're pathetic too. I've heard lots of names down the years but never, ever, with any proof.
Only if they come from abroad. I think there is far more acceptance from the rest of Europe. Far more. I think that would be the only way to introduce the issue and then maybe - just maybe - other players would follow. But an English player coming out? No chance. There's too much of a stigma within football which is appalling.
I don't think there's anything stopping it. However, in my experience, Australians seem to be a bit more open minded! I wonder whether you'd find enough willing footballers in England. Again, it's about breaking the taboo.
No. When Ashley Cole played for Chelsea at Arsenal, a man with his child sitting on his lap shouted homophobic abuse at him through the whole first half. At half time, I reported it to a nearby steward. He claimed he didn't hear anything. He must have been deaf! It was so clear, so offensive. That's typical of the wider attitude.
Because there's still this macho attitude within the sport, the lads together in the dressing room. The FA bottled it with the video last year. Kick It Out, in contrast, is doing good things and being proactive. After I did an interview about abuse with Sol Campbell more than a year ago, I was so impressed with their whole set-up and have been happy to talk to them, liaise and get involved whenever possible, not just on homophobia but on race and other taboos. How sad that the Leicester player, Wayne Brown, admitted to a multi-cultural dressing room that he'd voted BNP. That's his political right, of course. But it saddens me.
While homosexuality is a taboo in football, it makes some youngsters, some members of our next generation think there may be a problem with being gay. That, for me, is sad. Even if it filters down to schoolboy football, Sunday League, then it may have an impact on society.
Vital in breaking down the last taboos. Showing people that homophobia is wrong and that football is totally out of step with the rest of society. I wish the Campaign so much luck and success. It deserves and needs to succeed.