'Clear plans are in place should high-profile footballer come out,' says FA comms chief

The Football Association (FA) has 'clear plans in place' for the 'landmark moment' if a high-profile player comes out as gay, its group director of comms has told PRWeek.

Adrian Bevington: Football is ready for gay players
Adrian Bevington: Football is ready for gay players

Adrian Bevington made the comments in a wide-ranging interview at Wembley this month.

His words follow former Leeds United footballer Robbie Rogers announcing that he is gay after retiring from the sport aged 25. The winger, who is from California, said he feared he would suffer discrimination if he revealed his sexuality.

However Bevington, who was not directly discussing Rogers, said that he did not feel he was being naïve in believing football ‘is ready’ for openly gay footballers.

Read the full interview with Bevington, who is also the managing director of Club England, the body responsible for running England national football teams at all levels.

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