Team GB diver – and recent Olympic gold medallist – Tom Daley has shared what is on the top of his Christmas list this year.
The 27-year-old has expressed his wish to see an openly gay player in the Premier League.
In this years Alternate Christmas Message, which airs on Channel 4, Daley says that if he had one Christmas wish, it would be for a PL player to come out as gay.
The Olympian prefaced his comment by commending the bravery of Adelaide United’s Josh Cavallo, who publicly came out earlier this year.
“Well done Josh, I mean, your courage is amazing,” he said. “But just think for a moment about the number of players who are too scared to speak up, and how lonely that must be.”
He goes on to say: “Nearly 7% of people in the UK identify as gay or bisexual and there are about 500 Premier League players. That means statistically there are enough players for three football teams running out on to that pitch every week.
“At least one gay man at every single club in the Premier League.”
“So, if I had one Christmas wish it would be that next year, that changes. That one impossibly brave Premier League player steps forward and says ‘I am gay.’
“That person would inspire gay people everywhere, give hope to thousands of teenagers struggling with their sexuality and save the lives of countless young people who don’t currently feel like they have a place in this world.”
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