Ian Holloway: Former manager believes football is homophobic

Ian said he would encourage gay players to be their authentic self.Ian said in the documentary that he believes football is gay.He said he would encourage gay players to come out.The 58-year-old, who was most recently in charge at Grimsby Town, was speaking to Channel 4's 'Football's Coming Out'.He said that he believes football is gay.If a player came out under his management, he would be proud.He said the trust that he wants to build is there. I would talk to them about why they need to do it and what they are getting from it. I would encourage them to be themselves."If anyone in the group was negative towards that, I would get rid of them, without a shadow of a doubt, because they are not a human being that I would want to put my name to."They don't feel comfortable being themselves.Josh Cavallo is the only openly gay male player in any professional top-flight division in Australia.There was an alleged incident at the Carabao Cup semi-final against Spurs earlier this month and there was an alleged incident earlier in the season.The Rainbow Laces campaign is aimed at encouraging more acceptance of LGBT+ diversity.Football v Homophobia is an initiative that challenges homophobia at all levels of football.Thetford Town's Matt Morton is the highest ranked openly gay player in England.He said there are gay men in elite football in this country, and that they don't feel comfortable yet to be themselves.There are a lot of negatives about social media. Some of the fear has been removed by the acceptance. It has completely flipped on its head. The minority are the racists,homophobes and sexists.They are a lot quieter because they are Cowards. It is a great time for people to be able to embrace who they are and live the life they want to live.The rainbow laces campaign is supported by the premier league.It shouldn't be a big deal.If any of his teammates wanted to come out, they would be supported at Elland Road according to Patrick Bamford.He told the documentary that there wouldn't be much of a reaction in the changing room. It shouldn't be a big deal in this day and age.If they need to talk to someone, I am here to talk to them.Don't think that everything has changed because you've come out. We're still friends. Nothing should change.Football's Coming Out will be available on All 4 and Channel 4 on January 25.