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32-year-old English referee reveals homosexuality

One of the frequent contenders in the English Premier League, Ryan Atkin, 32, became the first United Kingdom judge to publicly assume his homosexuality. According to him, his decision to reveal his sexual option can help to end prejudice within football.

“Being gay does not matter in the context of refereeing a football match, but if I am talking about equality and diversity, then I will mention that I am gay because it is relevant. Can change the game and culture if it changes your mind, “Atkin said in an interview with British broadcaster Sky Sports.

For him, the local federation has been instrumental in the move, as it supports Rainbow Laces, the campaign for LGBT inclusion promoted by Sonewall.

“No doubt there has been good progress since I started beeping. The Rainbow Laces campaign was very important, there is a growing number of LGBT club fans, and big sports brands like Adidas and Nike are helping to deliver the message to large audiences around the club. World, “he concluded.

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