Australian footballer Josh Cavallo, who is part of Adelaide United in the A-League of his country, he told the world in October 2021 his sexual inclination and thus became the only openly gay player who plays in a top-level league. However this Sunday he confessed that he was subjected to homophobic abuse and assault by fans during a weekend game.
“I’m not going to pretend that I didn’t see or hear homophobic abuse in the game last night,” he wrote on Instagram. “There are no words to tell you how disappointed I was.. As a society, this shows that we are still facing these problems in 2022. ″ “Hate will never win,” he added. “I will never apologize for living my truth and, more recently, who I am outside of football.”
When the young man made his sexual orientation public, many well-known clubs supported him, including Barcelona, Juventus, Liverpool or Tottenham but apparently some fans continue to believe that homosexuality and football do not go hand in hand. Cavallo said he was attacked during Adelaide’s draw against Melbourne Victory.
In addition, the footballer criticized Instagram and Twitter for not doing enough to stop the “hateful and hurtful messages” you receive on a daily basis. “It is a sad reality that their platforms are not doing enough to stop these messages,” he said.
The A-League said in a statement that it was “shocked and saddened to hear reports of homophobic harassment” against Cavallo. “Our players, staff and fans have the right to feel safe on and off the pitch,” the writing states: “There is no room for intimidation, harassment or abuse in Australian football and we have zero tolerance for this harmful behavior.” .
For its part, Melbourne Victory issued its own statement saying that football was “a platform to unite the fans regardless of the background.” and that any fan violating these standards would be banned.
After the footballer’s release, the networks exploded with encouraging messages for Josh.