Paul Pogba: Gay Footballers Would Receive ‘Nothing But Respect’ In The Premier League

Paul Pogba: Gay Footballers Would Receive ‘Nothing But Respect’ In The Premier League
Aug 25, 2017

Manchester United News

Paul Pogba has backed gay players to receive ‘nothing but respect’ if they chose to come out whilst playing in the Premier League. The Manchester United midfielder was speaking at UEFA’s RESPECT initiative in Monaco and despite admitting he hasn’t met a gay footballer, he would welcome any player wishing to come out.

The 24-year-old has had a brilliant start to the Premier League season, scoring two and assisting two in just 180 minutes of football. He was joined at the event by the recovering Zlatan Ibrahimović who signed a new one-year deal at Old Trafford yesterday.

When asked if the Premier League would create a safe environment for players to come out as gay, the Frenchman said “That’s something that I’ve never seen but why not? It’s a human being. What he does in his private life has nothing to do with the player.”

“You just have to respect him. Because he respects you, you respect him. That’s it. It’s all about respect. It’s all about equality everywhere in the world. We are all equal when we play football.”

With less than a year left until the World Cup begins in Russia, Pogba was also questioned over concerns of racism for players taking part but he insists players will spread the message of equality, saying: “We play with Chinese people, African guys, French, American, but we’re all equal when we do what we love on the pitch, and that’s the message we want to give to everyone.”

“It’s a big thing, the World Cup, and we all play to win. But there has always been the respect on the pitch and outside the pitch and we hope that nothing is going to happen.”

“Hopefully nothing will happen but we can just talk, help each other, and talk about racism and equality on the pitch. We can’t really do anything about it but give everyone a good message to avoid those things.”

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