Tom Daley: gay footballers will be surprised at support if they came out

Olympic diver Tom Daley has said that any professional footballer would be surprised at the support they would receive if they came out as gay.

The 20-year-old, who announced he was gay in a YouTube video last December, said that he did not believe that any public figure should have to discuss their sexuality.

However, he felt sure that football would accept an openly gay player, despite the fact that no current players in the game have come out.

"I think people would be surprised how supported they'd be if they were to come out in a football environment," he said at the Leaders in Sport conference in London.

"You don't have to do a YouTube video and announce that you're straight. It shouldn't be anyone's business.

"You should just be able to live your life the way you want to live it.

"It comes down to each individual person. At the time I individually felt ready, I did it. Everyone's been really supportive."

He also said that he had no concerns about going to Kazan next year for the Aquatics World Championships, despite Russia's anti-gay legislation.

"I have no concerns whatsoever about going to Russia," he said. "I've been there five, six times before and never had any problems.

"You go there to dive, you don't go there thinking about doing anything other than that."

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