Speaking in an interview with Le Figaro, French international forward Olivier Giroud discussed homosexuality in football.
“When I saw the German Thomas Hitzlsperger coming out in 2014, it was a highly emotive moment. That was when I said to myself it was impossible to display homosexuality in football. In a dressing room, there is a lot of testosterone, banter, showering together… It is a little delicate in that way. I understand the pain and difficulty of guys when they come out, that is a real fruition of working on themselves for many years. I am completely tolerant on it, when I was at Montpellier I engaged in this fight, notably when I went on the cover of Tetu (LGBT magazine), when Arsenal asked me to wear the “Rainbow Laces” in support of the gay community, I did it. There is still a lot of work to be done in the football world on this topic, that is the least that we can say.”