Ryan Atkin comes out as first openly gay professional football referee in the UK

‘Being gay doesn’t matter in the context of refereeing a football match’.

Ryan Atkin has come out as the first openly gay professional football referee in the UK.
The 32-year-old has made the move to take on homophobia in the sport.

The match official will be undertaking fourth official duties in the EFL and National Leagues in 2017 – 18.

‘Being gay doesn’t matter in the context of refereeing a football match,’ Atkin told Sky Sports.
‘But if I’m speaking about equality and diversity, then I’m going to mention that I’m gay because it’s relevant.

‘Homophobia is still a problem, but things are improving all the time.’

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