Pro footballer Conor Coady says gay players will become “part of everyday life”
England defender and Wolverhampton Wanderers professional football player Conor Coady has proven his ally status and says his door is always open.
Since Aussie pro player Josh Cavallo came out recently, the focus on gay football has intensified and talking to Goal.com, Coady proved his ally status as he was named Football Ally of the Year at the British LGBT Awards earlier this year.
Coady said: “As a footballer, I can say that if anyone wants to come out, wants to speak to me, have a chat about things, then anyone in our dressing room would be open. I have never come across a footballer where this would actually affect them [negatively], if a player wanted to do that.”
Conor goes on to say: “I’m a big advocate that our sport is the best sport in the world, and I honestly believe it should be a sport for everybody. We should try our best to make everyone feel included, feel as one. Equality is a massive word, and when it comes to LGBTQ stuff, I’m big on making people feel involved. If someone wants to enjoy watching or playing football but is not feeling part of it, that would be horrible.”
Coady’s words come at a vital time in sport. Many predicted that as soon as one pro player came out, there would be an influx of footballers telling their truths. This has yet to happen BUT with ally’s like Conor, it is only a matter of time.