Justin Fashanu came out as gay before he committed suicide in May 1998 CREDIT: PA
Former England international John Fashanu has admitted that he paid his late brother Justin £75,000 not to reveal he was gay before his death in 1998.
Justin Fashanu, who played for Norwich and Nottingham Forest in the 1980s, came out as gay before he committed suicide in May 1998 at the age of 37.
As the 20th anniversary of Fashanu’s death approaches, John admitted that he had acted like “a monster” to his older brother and now wants the Football Association to do more to support gay footballers as well as tackling racial and homophobic abuse.
“It was a lack of education,” the former Wimbledon and Aston Villa striker told ITV’s Good Morning Britain show on Wednesday.
“I make it very clear, I was a monster to Justin then. I paid him £75,000 not to say that he was gay.
“I was looking at the situation around us and my mother had cancer and was dying, and the rest of the family couldn’t understand the situation.
“We didn’t know what to do, the best thing I thought to do was to keep it quiet.”
Capped by England at Under-21 level, Justin Fashanu was the first black footballer to command a £1 million transfer fee when he moved from Norwich to Forest in 1981.
But his career never hit the heights thereafter, he publicly came out as gay in 1990 and he played for nearly 20 clubs before retiring from football in 1997.
There are currently no openly gay players in the Premier League. But John Fashanu says he knows of several “well-known footballers” who are gay, and he wants the FA to do more to support players coming out.
John Fashanu says he knows of several “well-known footballers” who are gay CREDIT: REX
“We have a number of well-known footballers who are gay and they don’t feel comfortable with the environment,” said Fashanu, who became a television star by appearing in shows like Gladiator and I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here after his football career.
“They know their empires will be destroyed.
“It is supporters, administrators… not so much the players because they know who is gay and who is not gay. They give each other support, but it is quite gentle support.”
Fashanu said racial and homophobic abuse still existed in English football, as he had experienced it at a Premier League game in London three weeks ago.
“A gentleman came up to me and said: ‘You black so-and-so and your brother’s this and this’.
“I was surprised. I hadn’t been to a match for a few years and I thought to myself ‘Even at this stage’.
“I quietly smiled at him and tried to make a little laugh and a joke of it, but when we say has racism and homophobia moved? Well, yes, it has. It’s moved backwards, that’s where we’re going.
“We need more support from the FA because it’s a lack of education. The FA needs to create an environment where gay footballers are comfortable to come out and say ‘I’m gay’.
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Bauchi State Government has revealed that the mysterious deaths recorded in the State has been as a result of illegal abortions.
An investigation carried out by the Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency has revealed that illegal abortion by unqualified medical practitioners is the cause of mysterious deaths in Azare and other local government areas in the northern part of the state.
According to reports, no fewer than 200 women have died in Bauchi as a result of this and there are projections that the number could be more at the end of the investigation.
The Executive Chairman of the agency, Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, disclosed this Friday, May 29, at an interactive session organized by the Bauchi State Public Health Media Network.
Mohammed said the deaths resulted from unwanted and unplanned pregnancies by both married and unmarried women of childbearing ages who, after becoming pregnant, visited quack health workers to terminate the pregnancies.
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Recall that it was earlier reported that the Nigeria Police Force handed over the suspects to the State Government.
They are Lawal Mazaje from the Felele area of Kogi State, Adamu Adamu from Jada area of Adamawa State, Mohammed Usman from Illela area of Sokoto State, and Auwal Abubakar from Shinkafi area of Zamfara State.
The suspects were arraigned on Friday by the government at a Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Akure.
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