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Brighton Pride to address the lack of openly gay footballers

Betting site Paddypower unveil their Brighton Pride 2018 (Photo credit: Dan Jones Images Ltd)

AN EMPTY open-top bus will be paraded at this weekend's Brighton Pride Festival highlighting the "statistical anomaly" that none of the 500 top-level footballers registered to play are openly gay.

The Premier League will come under fire over its attitude towards homosexuality with a bus containing every gay footballer on board - therefore leaving it empty.

The protest was organised by Paddy Power, who are partners of Brighton Pride, which is the country’s biggest LGBT+ event, and is being headlined by Britney Spears.

The Irish betting firm blamed the environment within football for not supporting players who might want to come out.

Last year, FA Chairman Greg Clarke said he was aware of at least two gay Premier League players, and that he was “personally ashamed” that neither feels safe enough to come out.

A spokesman for Paddy Power said: “The world’s best-watched league should reflect the community around it – in the UK, one in 50 people consider themselves LGBT+.

“And yet, in the Premier League, not one player is openly gay. So we’re calling on the league to boot itself into 2018, and create a welcoming environment for its first gay player.

“We think an out gay Premier League footballer would have an extraordinary effect not just on the LGBT+ community, but society in general.

"They would spearhead profound change and, club colours aside, that’s something we support more than anything else.”

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