Defender Carl Hoefkens, who played for West Brom in the Premier League, has said that he has played alongside two gay players in England, and another in his native Belgium.
Speaking to newspaper De Zondag he said: “I played alongside three gay footballers, including one who was a genuinely big name. They did not hide who they were in the dressing-room.
“One was at Club Brugge, and the other two were in England. I won’t name names as I respect their requests.
“One of them would even arrive at training with his boyfriend. They asked us to keep quiet to the outside world, but don’t ask me why. I find it strange that homosexuality is still a taboo in football. It is a pity.”
Hoefkens said that he hoped that the taboo against gay footballers would disappear and that a top player would eventually come out.
“If I were gay, I would do it for certain. This is something that is generally accepted in society after all,” he said.