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No better time for openly gay players to come out – Sutton

Thomas Hitzlsperger

Ex-Premier League striker Chris Sutton says there has not been a better time for a footballer to come out as gay and says team-mates would be supportive.

Football Association chairman Greg Clarke told the Commons Select Committee on Monday he feared players would suffer "significant abuse".

BBC football pundit Sutton "completely disagrees" and says Clarke's comments create "another unintended obstacle".

"Once the first gay footballer comes out, others will follow," he said.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Sutton, 43, added: