Fears for the wellbeing of an out gay footballer may be overrated, but Robbie Rogers’ retirement shows we’ve been spectators to bigotry and stupidity for too long, writes Adrian Tippetts for PinkNews.co.uk.

On Friday 15th, a bolt came from the blue, briefly lighting up the world’s newswires, before disintegrating. Like the meteor that rained down on Russia that day, the football career of Robbie Rogers, over way before its time, was on collision course: the reality of his world would inevitably collide with a culture where gay people are made to feel as outcasts.

Football was Robbie’s life. What would motivate an international player to pursue other opportunities outside the game………more

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