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RTE's documentary on homophobia in football was an uncomfortable but vital watch for fans

“I love the game, but the game made me hate myself”.

DJ AND PRESENTER Stephen Byrne’s Reality Bites documentary, Playing Straight, aired on RTE 2 last night.


The documentary explored the issue of homophobia in football, and the conflict Stephen felt being a gay man and a massive football fan.

He was honest about the constant messages the game, the media, and the fans delivered to him on a daily basis.

I love the game, but the game made me hate myself. It provided a constant backdrop of homophobia that drove me further into the closet.

It was heavy watching, with a multitude of evidence to how homophobic the game is, but not much of a resolve

But people were thankful the conversation had been started

Many didn’t like what they were seeing at all

It should be shown in the UK next, where the football culture is most rampant

It exposed the core of the sport to be to blame, not just the fans

It’s not that there are no gay players, they just feel like they can’t come out.

It was plain to see that the slurs couldn’t just be written off as banter

Most agreed that Stephen’s dad was the hero of the whole thing

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Because does being gay and a footballer really matter?

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