Home football Josh Cavallo, first professional footballer to come out, victim of homophobic insults during a match

Josh Cavallo, first professional footballer to come out, victim of homophobic insults during a match

by archysport

It was in October 2021, Josh Cavallo showed enormous courage to tell the general public his homosexuality. His strong gesture had been greeted by many football stars like Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Gérard Piqué who had supported him enormously.

A few months later, Josh Cavallo posted a saddening message on social media. “I’m not going to pretend that I didn’t see or hear the homophobic slurs during last night’s game. There are no words to tell you how disappointed I was. As a company. , this shows that we are still facing these problems in 2022 “, he starts on his Instagram post.

The young man then talks about those who utter insults in the stadiums. “This should not be accepted and we must do more to empower these people”, he writes before spreading a message of hope, “Hate will never win. I will never apologize for living my life and, more recently, for saying who I am outside of football.”

Disgusted, but not discouraged, Josh Cavallo then addresses young people who may experience the same insults as him. “Hold your head up and keep chasing your dreams. Know that there is no room in the game for this.”, he says.

Following its publication, the Australian Football League responded by launching an investigation to find and sanction the perpetrators.

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