Antoine Griezmann: gay footballers scared of coming out
International Edition By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 07/06/2017
Atletico Madrid and French forward Antoine Griezmann has said he understands why gay football players are afraid to come out, but he would support those who did. Lazio winger Keita Balde Diao recently appeared to suggest he was gay on social media, but it later transpired that it was a joke.Also, Read; Breaking: Barcelona midfielder quit international footballAnd Griezmann has admitted that the lack of openly gay players is due to a fear of what others in the game will think. But he insisted that were he gay, he would make his sexuality public although he admitted it is easier said than done.'Players do not come out of the closet because they are afraid,' the Atletico Madrid striker said in an interview with El Pais, which focused on his life off the pitch.'We have to appear hard and strong but we are afraid of what people will say about us.'Of course, I have nothing against anyone, I respect everybody.