Robbie Rogers: No fellow gay players have been in touch

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Former Leeds United star Robbie Rogers has revealed he has not been contacted by any fellow gay professionals with a view to coming out, after he revealed his sexuality in February.

Rogers quit the game immediately after making his announcement, but returned and now plays for David Beckham's former side, LA Galaxy.

The 26-year-old says he feels footballers are too scared to show their true gay identity.

I've received phone calls and I've spoken with all my friends here in the UK and around the world that have supported me, but I haven't had one message from a [gay] footballer," he told BBC Newsnight.

"It reminds me of the fear that I had - you remember that atmosphere and how it made you feel. It just shows there's a huge problem.

"What do you do to change that, do you try to support them to create an environment that would support them to come out and they would feel comfortable in? It's really tough."

Rogers also spoke of the responsibility he now feels to continue on in football, and in a sense fly the flag.

"No one's done it so I had no one to look up to [in order] to test the waters before I went out there," he added.

"I know and I realise I'm the only one that's doing this. I do feel a responsibility."

Surprisingly, Rogers is the only the second footballer with experience of English football to come out, following Justin Fashanu in 1990. Fashanu died in 1998 in an apparent suicide.

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