I was probably distancing myself deliberately and doing what the other guys did - just ignoring it or pretending I didn't hear it. It demonstrates attitudes are changing and through the EFL Inclusion and Anti-Discrimination Action Plan and working alongside the football family, our aim is to create an appropriate support network and ultimately an environment that is free from all forms of discrimination. It lets them know they're not alone and that they too can succeed in any career they choose. I took a large gulp of wine and told her - it didn't go as I imagined at first, as she had a lot of questions, but she seemed fine with it. Ref Ryan Atkin on being gay in football. Looking back, I feel ashamed.
Tuesday 5 December
We continually learn from each other and the professional bodies. The official, from Carmarthen in Wales, said he would have done anything "to be 'normal' in people's eyes". And the Welshman said the pressure of officiating the World Cup final was nothing compared to coming to terms with his sexuality.
I'd like players to challenge homophobic abuse on social media, and educate themselves on language that can be discriminatory or offensive.