Rapinoe speaks out for LGBT+ rights at Fifa ceremony

American soccer player Megan Rapinoe, who last night was voted Fifa’s woman footballer of the year, has spoken out against racism and homophobia in football.

At the awards ceremony, the captain of Reign FC in the National Women’s Soccer League, spoke of her fellow LGBT+ players and said: “If everybody was as outraged about homophobia as the LGBTQ players, if everybody was as outraged about the lack of equal pay and investment in the women’s game other than just women, that would be the most inspiring thing to me.

“That’s my ask of everybody. We have such incredible opportunity, being professional football players … we have so much success … we have incredible platforms. I ask everybody here to lend your platform, to lift people up, to use this beautiful game to change the world for better.”