Tragic gay trailblazer Fashanu honoured as United fans shamed

first_imgRead Also:Chelsea supporter tells Ighalo to return to China after Man Utd debutOne person who found Fashanu’s coming out difficult to handle at the time was his younger brother John, Amal’s father, who accused Justin of being an “attention seeker”.John – a muscular striker who was part of the ‘Crazy Gang’ Wimbledon side which stunned Liverpool in the 1988 FA Cup final – has changed his views and is now a trustee of the foundation.“He (John) is championing the fact that there needs to be a change and we need to do it together to honour Justin,” said Amal.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 John Fashanu is now a trustee of the Justin Fashanu Foundation having originally found his older brother’s coming out not easy to come to terms with “It is something quite important that is happening,” she told the Daily Mirror. “It’s just like ‘wow’, he’s finally getting recognised and it is very, very impressive. “People forget just how talented he was at football because he was gay. “I was there at the museum four years ago and in my mind, I know this is bad, I was thinking, ‘Why isn’t Justin here?’ “It is a big move and a big step because they are recognising Justin on a whole new level now.” – ‘Throw flowers at you’ – Amal says there is still no appetite for her friends who play football and are gay to come out publicly. “It would have to be a tough footballer. He would have to have a thick skin,” she said. “It is still great, but I can’t lie and say it will be a rosy path and they are going to throw flowers at you.” Loading… center_img Justin Fashanu, who in 1990 became the first English professional footballer to reveal he was gay, will be honoured on Wednesday by being inducted into the National Football Museum Hall of Fame. Fashanu will be honoured on what would have been his 59th birthday – he hanged himself in May 1998 – an occasion also marked by a reminder from Manchester United that homophobia still exists in football. The day the late Justin Fashanu who in 1990 became the first British footballer to come out as gay is inducted into the Hall of Fame Manchester United fans are slammed for homphobic songs at their match with Chelsea United issued a statement Wednesday lambasting a section of its own Old Trafford fans for homophobic chants during Monday’s Premier League match with Chelsea. Anti-gay chants “directed against Chelsea FC – or any other club – by some of our fans runs counter to our values,” read the statement from United. “We were the first club to sign up to the TeamPride coalition and continue to collaborate with Stonewall and other anti-discriminatory organisations in this area.” Fashanu’s niece Amal, who recalls all too well her uncle’s tragic death when she was aged nine, will accept the award in Manchester. Fashanu had a sublime talent and a penchant for scoring spectacular goals – one for Norwich against Liverpool in February 1980 was voted goal of the season. Such goals earned him a one million pound move to Nottingham Forest in 1981 – the first black player in British football to break that barrier – but he failed to click with the manager Brian Clough. For Amal – who through the Justin Fashanu Foundation combats homophobia, racism and mental health problems in football – the award is long overdue. Promoted ContentThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalWorld’s Most Delicious FoodsA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year7 Mesmerizing Facts About HypnosisWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Is This The Most Delicious Food In The World?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise YouYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Animelast_img read more

Algeria Contacts Troussier as Doubts Surround Courbis

first_img2018 WORLD CUP QUALIFIEROlawale Ajimotokan in AbujaThere is a looming question mark surrounding matter of the national coach of Algeria as latest reports out of the North African country claimed wednesday that the Algerian Football Federation (FAF) is now beaming its searchlight on Philippe Troussier, as the man to mastermind the Russia 2018 dream of the Fennecs. Algeria billed to visit Nigeria on November 12 for a World Cup 2018 African Group B qualifying fixture in Uyo, has been distracted by the failure of FAF to appoint a coach on full time basis since Serbian Milovan Rajevac departed in the wake of the Fennecs’ sharing of the dividends with Cameroun in a Group B fixture in Bilda on October 8.The result seen as a major set back by the Algerian public has put extra pressure on the national team given that Nigeria turned the corner when the Super Eagles beat Zambia on the same day in Ndola to top the group on three points.As reported by THISDAY, Algeria has already backed out from the pursuit of Marc Wilmots, as the most sought coach as they could not afford the Belgian’s monthly wage demand of 100,000 Euros.It also appears as if things are not rosy for the Algerians as latest reports claimed that Rolland Courbis, who is a Plan B on FAF President Mohamed Raouraoua’s wish list, is considering offers from elsewhere, particularly French Ligue 1 side Lorient. The French side is said to be eyeing him to come on board since Christian Gourcuff ditched the club recently.According to Algerian newspaper, Dzfoot, the ongoing scenario has now prompted Raouraoua to narrow down his choice to Troussier.The 61 year- old Frenchman, who is based in Morocco, fits into FAF profile, having handled Ivory Coast in 1993 and Nigeria briefly in 1997. He later enriched his African knowledge with stints with Burkina Faso and South African. He appeared in two FIFA World Cups with South (1998) and Japan in (2002) and led the Japanese U-20 to the FIFA U-20 World Cup at Nigeria ’99, where they lost 3-0 to Spain in the final.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more