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UK tabloids threaten to out top bisexual athlete

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Joe Morgan reports for Gay Star News that British tabloids are being slammed for seemingly threatening to out a top bisexual football player.

The Sun and the Daily Star on Sunday have been accused of engaging in a ‘witch hunt’ to out the Premier League star. The papers wrote how the footballer offered £10,000 to his on-off male partner to keep their relationship secret.

Sources tell GSN that reporters from these papers have been pushing on the player to come out, even though the player does not wish to do so.

Reportedly the player’s 21-year-old former partner, who works in fashion, has said he fears a backlash if he comes out. Reportedly the football player’s ex-partner said "[Coming out] could ruin his career."

Ed Connell, the chair of the Gay Football Supporters Network, reportedly told Gay Star News: "I find it particularly distasteful that a national newspaper is so preoccupied with this story especially when large proportions of the media have decided to behave much more responsibly. What this newspaper fails to appreciate is that by running these stories, they are almost certainly doing much more harm than good. A gay or bisexual player will out themselves when they feel that the climate is right and the player concerned is perfectly entitled to choose when that time is. Until then no one should be speculating and encouraging a witch hunt in this unsavory way. In the unlikely event that The Sun were to out this particular player, I would anticipate an enormous backlash from the LGBT community and the football family."