Bournemouth FC manager Eddie Howe: ‘I wouldn’t hesitate to sign a gay footballer’

Bournemouth FC’s Eddie Howe has become the first Premier League manager to go on the record to say he’d be happy to have a gay footballer on his team.

Eddie Howe

In an exclusive interview in the Spring issue of Winq – available digitally and in shops now – the former Portsmouth and Bournemouth player tells Mark McAdam that he would sign an openly gay player “without hesitation”, and that the beautiful game is changing when it comes to equality and acceptance.

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“I would sign a gay player without hesitation if they were the right player for the club, absolutely no doubt about it,” Eddie Howe says. “The football and the footballer’s character are the things that define a career, not sexuality.”

Photo By Tanya Hart (Eddie Howe & Steve Fletcher) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons