An online bookmaker is now taking bets on which footballers are set to come out as gay.

After last week’s revelations that two high profile footballers are set to come out as gay, a bookie,, has started a rather tasteless game, on which customers can bet on which footballers they think will come out as gay before September 2016.


Last week it was announced that two high profile Premier League footballers may be ready to come out as gay before the start of the new season. Any Premier League footballer to come out would be the first to do so, whilst still playing in the game.

Stonewall, Britain’s leading LGBT charity called the game a “boring PR stunt”, but Jake Hook, Editor of TheGayUK branded the game “trivialising” and “bordering on offensive.”

He said,

“In this day and age taking bets and making money out of someone’s difficult decision to come out as gay, especially in the sporting world is bordering on offensive. It trivialises the struggle that many people, especially those men and women in sport face when decided to come out.”


The game, which is set to finish by September 2016, allows punters to choose a name and click on a slider by their name to set the amount they want to play with.

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There are 45 footballers listing and include Wayne Rooney and Luke Shaw – who has already responded and denied rumours that he is gay, He took to Twitter to say,
“it’s not me so everyone can shut up now”

Any footballer who comes out as gay will join other high-profile out sportsmen including, the US’s Robbie Rogers, Sweden’s Anton Hysén and Germany’s Thomas Hitzlsperger.
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