Gay footballers were my team-mates, says Carl Hoefkens

Former Stoke and West Brom defender Carl Hoefkens bemoans 'taboo' of homosexuality in football.

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Carl Hoefkens says “it is a pity” that being gay remains taboo in football and says he played alongside two gay players during his time in England.

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The former Belgium international joined Stoke in 2005 and spent two seasons at the club in the Championship before a move to West Brom, with whom he won promotion to the Premier League.

“I played alongside three gay footballers, including one who was a genuinely big name. They did not hide who they were in the dressing-room,” he told De Zondag, according to

“One was at Club Brugge, and the other two were in England. I won’t name names as I respect their requests.

Photo By Mooi is de wereld (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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