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Some jocular dressing-room banter was the most anyone had to say on the matter until Davis's tweets last week about Thomas Hitzlsperger's decision to come out led the Lincolnshire Echo to approach him.The Gainsborough goalkeeper seems to have done Davis a favour by broaching the subject in that bar, during the pre-season build-up. But I didn't want to go in and make a statement, pushing it in people's faces.He was cleared of selling a photograph with a fake signature of Gerrard.Both defendants looked to the floor as the guilty verdicts were returned.Sports fans were conned into spending thousands of pounds on faked autographs of their heroes, a court heard today.Signatures of England rugby player Jonny Wilkinson, and footballers David Beckham, Steven Gerrard, Michael Owen, and Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, were "systematically" forged and sold by businessmen Graeme Walker and Faisal Madani, a jury at Chester Crown Court was told.Yet it ended as respectfully as it started."I wouldn't really like to repeat how it went, word for word," Davis says. But it started in light spirits and finished in light spirits and essentially the response that I got when I said what I said was: 'Yes… "Davis, an attacking wide player for his side, is the first individual in British professional or semi-professional football to have come out and the story of how he has done so gives the lie to the characterisation of footballers as a bunch of homophobic Neanderthals.
Some of the clubs are located in rural places, where diversity and tolerance are slower to build.
A reporting restriction around the collapse of the first trial in this case was lifted today. Andrew Thomas QC, prosecuting, informed the jury that during the first trial Madani was arrested at the court by City of London Police.
He said: "Mr Madani was arrested in relation to the alleged use of fraudulently obtained credit cards."No charges have been brought as the investigation is still ongoing."Madani, of Bramhall, Cheshire, was remanded in custody until sentencing tomorrow.
It is against this background that Liam Davis, a 23-year-old playing for Gainsborough Trinity in the Conference North, engaged in conversation six months ago with the club's veteran former Blackpool and Grimsby Town goalkeeper Phil Barnes, which concluded with the midfielder confirming to his 34-year-old team-mate that he is gay.
The history of homophobia which has shamed football for so long – including the wretched testimony of Graeme Le Saux, a heterosexual man verbally abused by Liverpool's Robbie Fowler simply for reading one of the posh papers – might give you reason to fear for the course of that conversation between two members of a small-town team from rural Lincolnshire, on a squad night out to Sheffield.
But many people in history who are gentle and sincere have said things that are evil."If he wants to say that homosexuality is a sin then he is entitled to his views but to say it is a psychiatric disorder is wrong."What is particularly worrying is that this man has spent 18 months researching this issue.