Please enable JavaScript to experience the full functionality of GMX.

Patrice Evra: There are at least two footballers per club who are gay

Patrice Evra has claimed there are "at least two players per football club who are gay".

The 40-year-old star has claimed some footballers opened up to him but didn't want to open up to the world for fear of their careers could be "over".

Speaking to French publication Le Parisien, Patrice said: ”When I was in England, they brought someone to talk to the team about homosexuality.

"Some of my colleagues said, 'It is against my religion, if there is a homosexual in this locker room, let him leave the club,' and other comments.

“There are at least two players per club who are gay. But in the world of football, if you say so, it's over.”

Evra, who released his new autobiography 'I Love This Game’ back in October 2021 - which details his life and career as a footballer - didn’t specify exactly what team he was talking about.

After leaving Manchester United, he also played for clubs such as Juventus, Marseille and West Ham before retiring.

Since there are no openly gay footballers in the Premier League, clubs have worked to promote inclusivity and acceptance of the LGBTQ+ movements, such as a Rainbow Laces campaign.

The campaign has received worldwide acclaim with Liverpool’s manager Jurgen Klopp commending it for raising his awareness.

Klopp, 54, told Mail Online: “I'm a perfect example for it - how the awareness level changes, I've been through a lot of periods in my life but a lot of problems I've never had.

“I have so many gay friends but I never thought about how it was when they had to say, 'by the way, mum, dad' - and to everyone else - 'I'm not exactly how you expected, maybe'.

“That's a challenge we shouldn't face, in the way we face it in our life. So I'm completely in. It's a great campaign, I have to say, and it looks good!"

Sponsored Content