Huge respect this weekend should go to American international footballer Robbie Rogers.
The former Leeds United and Stevenage player yesterday used his blog to reveal that he was gay and would be stepping away from the game:
“For the past 25 years I have been afraid to show who I really was because of fear. Try explaining to your loved ones after 25 years that you are gay. Try convincing yourself that your creator has the most wonderful purpose for you even though you were taught differently. My secret is gone, I am a free man, I can move on and live my life.”
Exactly what football needs, someone to step forward and stop the madness of footballers having to hide their sexuality.
The reaction on Twitter also gave some semblance of faith in humanity. Rogers received an incredible amount of support from both former team mates and general well-wishers.
Lucciano Becchio moved from Leeds to Norwich yesterday with Steve Morison “going the other way” (as the Sky Sports News reporter says in the video above, unaware that – given what’s been going on behind her – she’s coined a euphemism).
Two supporters decided to tastefully consummate the transfer against the wrought iron gates of Carrow Road during a live Transfer Deadline Day update. read more »
[Update: We'd originally credited this to Davide Somma (on account of the commentary sounding like it's Somma, the YouTube video claiming its Somma and even the minute-by-minute live text updates of national newspapers claiming it was Somma). After taking some of the comments left below on board, it looks like it's actually Rodolph Austin.]
Poor old, Rodolph Austin.
It’s not too often you get the chance to score from your own half. But with Spurs keeper Brad Friedel striving to get his shiny noggin on the ball in Leeds’ penalty area in search of a last-gasp equaliser, the opportunity presented itself rather neatly to Austin.
Unfortunately the full-time whistle had blown as soon as the ball was cleared from the Leeds box. read more »
Don’t quite now how to cover this one, but fair to say that the competition for the weirdest sporting photo of 2013 has been ruled almost obsolete on New Year’s Day.
A Leeds United supporting parent actually deemed it appropriate to engineer a photo opportunity with player El Hadji Diouf by blacking up his child and giving him a bleached blonde mohican. read more »