Loading… Deeney suspects gay footballers are worried about the scrutiny that would follow if they reveal their sexuality while still playing.But the 31-year-old claims one top player coming out would lead to others following their lead.Talking on the BBC’s Grounded with Louis Theroux podcast, Deeney said: “I would go on record saying that there is probably one gay or bi-person in every football team. They’re there, they are 100 percent there.“I think people that are gay or from that community definitely are very worried about having to shoulder the responsibility of being the first. I think once the first comes out, there would be loads.“If he come out and said it, I genuinely believe you would get in the first week at least 100 people that went ‘me too’. Just because they don’t want to be the face of it.”Former Norwich and Nottingham Forest striker Justin Fashanu, who declared he was gay in 1990 and died in 1998, remains the only openly gay male footballer in British history.Despite acknowledging some players would fear criticism, Deeney, who is preparing for the Premier League’s return on June 17, believes the current era is a good time for sportsmen to declare if they are gay.Watford striker Troy DeeneyRead Also: Hazard taken off, ice strapped to right ankle“I think there is now a bigger platform than ever to be a gay athlete of any nature,” he said.“I also wonder, why people finish football, rugby, whatever the sport it might be, and then go ‘I am gay’… I feel like it must be a real heavy load to carry throughout all your whole sporting career.” Watford striker Troy Deeney believes there is probably “one gay player in every football team”.Advertisement FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeBoys Deserve More Than Action-Hero Role ModelsThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneA Runner Uses Strava App To Create Amazing Pieces Of Running ArtThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo
“We are always prepared for this race, we have one goal. Other teams go for stage wins, but our only goal is to try to win the Tour.”And Thomas is hopeful he and Bernal can pile the pressure on Alaphilippe, the Deceuninck-Quick Step rider having never seriously challenged for Grand Tour glory before.”We’ll know a lot more about Alaphilippe after the second rest day, but he’s rode a great race so far,” the Welshman said. “We’ll see how he goes — it’s an unknown for him as well, so it’ll be an interesting second week.” Geraint Thomas feels Team INEOS has enjoyed a “great start” to the Tour de France but insists the squad will remain focused as he looks to reel in Julian Alaphilippe.Alaphilippe leads the General Classification race by one minute and 12 seconds, yet Thomas is his nearest challenger and INEOS teammate Egan Bernal is third, a further four seconds back. Defending champion Thomas believes INEOS is well placed but acknowledges there is a lot of work left to do, particularly with Alaphilippe still boasting a healthy advantage.”We feel we’re in a strong position,” he said. “A combination of everything coming together has helped us get to this point at the first rest day. We’ve made a great start, but we’re fully aware that there’s still plenty of racing left.”To have gained time on our GC contenders is massive and a really good bonus, but now the really tough stages start. It’s been a great 10 days. It would be better if we were a couple of seconds behind Alaphilippe, but we’re pleased with how we’ve fared so far.”Boys on fire today in the crosswinds Great to be up to second at the first rest day #tdf2019 pic.twitter.com/TA7BHGpGY3— Geraint Thomas (@GeraintThomas86) July 15, 2019Thomas added: “We’ve got huge Grand Tour experience in this team, so we won’t allow ourselves to become complacent. We’ll just focus on each stage and give ourselves the best possible chance of winning when we get to Paris. I’m not feeling any extra pressure this year.”I’m enjoying the race so far, though; it’s been a good opening block of racing for the team, and the support we’ve had has made it even more enjoyable. We’ve got a lot of winning experience on this team, the guys know what it takes to get over the winning line at the Tour. That experience is massively important in a race like this.