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Spain’s first openly gay soccer ref quits over fans’ homophobia

Jesús Tomillero

Spain’s first openly gay soccer referee has decided to quit after continuously enduring homophobic abuse from the sport’s fans.

Jesús Tomillero, 21, said being a referee has been his “greatest passion,” but that it’s not enough to continue hearing slurs shouted at him from the stands as he tries to do his job.

COMMENTARY: What is it with football (soccer) and homophobia?

The English football season kicks off this weekend and still there isn’t a single openly gay current player out of 5,000 professional footballers in the UK. By statistical averages, there must be in the region of 500 players who are gay or bisexual. None feel able to come out. What does this say about the state of the beautiful game?

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