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'If there was someone who wanted to come out, that's completely fine... we've got a very accepting changing room': Leicester City would welcome a gay footballer into their squad, insist duo Ben Chilwell and James Maddison

A gay footballer is welcome at Leicester, say Ben Chilwell and James MaddisonThe Foxes duo insist the club's dressing room is a welcome space for anyone Stonewall's Rainbow Laces campaign's annual activation runs until Monday The campaign is designed to create LGBT-inclusive environments in sport 

Leicester duo Ben Chilwell and James Maddison insist that a gay footballer would be welcomed with open arms into the Foxes squad.

The high flyers' stars were keen to stress that the Premier League club's dressing room is 'accepting' of everybody, amid the annual activation of Stonewall's Rainbow Laces campaign.

The campaign was first launched in football in 2012, and is designed to create LGBT-inclusive sports environments.

'If there was someone who wanted to come out, that's completely fine... we've got a very accepting changing room': Leicester City would welcome a gay footballer into their squad, insist duo Ben Chilwell and James Maddison

Ben Chiwell and James Maddison insist a gay footballer would be welcome in Leicester's squad

Chilwell told Sky Sports: 'If you look back 30 years ago, dressing rooms were a lot more ruthless. But ours now is completely open to anything. We've got different countries together, different religions and different races.

'Everyone is so together at Leicester, and I know that's the same with other clubs.

'If there was someone who wanted to come out as gay, that's completely fine.'

Teammate Maddison added: 'We've got a very accepting changing room, and I think if one of our team-mates was to come out and say they were gay, nothing changes.

Maddison had described the high-flying Foxes dressing room as 'very accepting' of everyone

'That's how it is with us, and hopefully going forward that can be the same for everyone.'

However, fully eradicating LGBT discrimination from the sport is a work in progress. 

A male was arrested following alleged homophobic abuse of the referee in the clash between Tranmere and Wycombe last month, and West Ham fans were also recently accused of homophobic chanting at Stamford Bridge.


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