People are questioning whether the unnamed gay footballer Twitter account was all a hoax, after the account goes offline.
Twitter users are now questioning whether an account which was purportedly run by a UK Championship footballer, who was primed to come out as gay, was all a hoax after the account mysteriously disappeared from Twitter.
The account which has been followed by well over 48,000 people is no longer available to view and all the Tweets have been deleted. The account had followed over 1400 people, including all the major LGBT+ news outlets.
For weeks the account holder had said that he would come out as gay, becoming the first footballer to come out as gay, whilst still in contract since Justin Fashanu in 1990.
The account holder originally set the date of 24th July to reveal who he was, however the night before he was due to officially come out a message was published which said, he didn’t feel strong enough to come out.
Disappointed Twitter users are now questioning whether the account was a hoax.
So the #gayfootballer had deleted his account what a pathetic tosser whoever he was
I feel sorry for the REAL players in our game who are struggling on a daily basis absolute ridiculous
— Bonymaen Jack #swans (@BonymaenS) July 24, 2019
So as expected @thegayfootballer is a hoax. Not sure what you expected to achieve from this apart from minimising your boredom, but what you’ve actually achieved is undo years of work in enabling pro footballers who are gay feel safe to come out #gayfootballer pic.twitter.com/XhasPSD6gO
— Carl Nash (@carlcnash) July 23, 2019
I can’t believe people didn’t cotton on weeks ago… The lad who was running the account was tweeting about it openly & who he should come out as etc… I just assumed it was all one big joke & everyone knew as well. 😳🥴 #GayFootballer
— Craig Wood (@CraigWood_) July 23, 2019
I would not Normally post things like this here but been Following like many with interest
After all this Build up and to Delete this Account Is a great shame Hoax Or True @FootballerGay could have Broken the Ice and been a rock for many Gay/Bi Football Players #gayfootballer pic.twitter.com/0zyTOBpMEa
— lee hunt (@leehunt4) July 23, 2019
So the "Gay footballer" WAS a hoax.
— patsyIncline (@patsyincline) July 24, 2019
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