'I feel trapped': gay Premier League player writes open letter to fans but admits he's scared to come out

'I feel trapped': gay Premier League player writes open letter to fans but admits he's scared to come out
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An anonymous letter details 'an absolute nightmare' of being unable to share who he is.

"I am gay. Even writing that down in this letter is a big step for me," the player admits in a letter published by The Sun. "But only my family members and a select group of friends are aware of my sexuality. I don’t feel ready to share it with my team or my manager.

"How does it feel having to live like this? Day-to-day, it can be an absolute nightmare. And it is affecting my mental health more and more. I feel trapped and my fear is disclosing the truth about what I am will only make things worse."

The letter has been released by the Justin Fashanu Foundation, named after Britain's first openly gay player.

In 1998, eight years after coming out, former Norwich City and Wimbledon striker Fashanu killed himself aged 37. The foundation was set by his niece Amal Fashanu last year.

Source: The Sun