Thierry Henry thinks the Premier League is ready for its first openly gay player.
The Arsenal legend and Sky Sports pundit spoke on the issue of gay players in soccer after The Mirror reported that two top flight stars, including an England international, are about to come out about their sexuality.
Appearing on Sky News, Henry says playing with a gay teammate would not have changed anything:
"I think it’s great for the game, we’re going forward, it’s great for anyone, for any human being. If you are confident enough to come and say it and then live with it and embrace it, then do it.
I can’t talk for everyone, but if I was in a dressing room, that guy would still have been my team-mate, and I would still give him the ball, I will still see him the same way, I would still go out with him, or have lunch. We are all human beings at the end of the day.
Whatever you believe in, whatever you do, it is not a problem. It should be OK by now, we are living in a different time, different world, and football should accept that."
LA Galaxy's Robbie Rogers is one of the world's only professional soccer players to have come out as gay, and he did so during Henry's time in MLS with the New York Red Bulls. Check out the video above to hear Henry talk about the possibility of gay players taking part in the Premier League in the near future.
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[via Sky News]