Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba, has said he would have utmost, “respect” for any gay footballer that comes out in the Premier League.
The France international was speaking on Wednesday, as he helped to launch UEFA’s new Respect campaign, which seeks to promote greater inclusion, diversity and accessibility in football.
Pogba attended the #EqualGame event with a hashtag – Equal on his hair and spoke of the importance of the campaign, which evolved from UEFA’s ‘No to Racism’ initiative.
When asked if the Premier League would provide a safe environment for gay player, Pogba said: “That’s something that I’ve never seen but why not? It’s a human being.
“What he does in his private life has nothing to do with the player. You just have to respect him. Because he respects you, you respect him. That’s it.
“It’s all about respect. It’s all about equality everywhere in the world. We are all equal when we play football.”
Combating racism remains a fundamental part of the campaign, which now includes all forms of discrimination and has the support of Real Madrid and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Pogba added: “It’s all about respect, all about equality everywhere in the world. We’re all equal when we play football.
“This campaign, I’m really honoured to do it. We do what we love on the pitch and that’s the message we want to give to everyone.
“Outside the pitch you’re just you, I’m just Paul, normal Paul.
“We’re human beings. We’re not gods. We’re just normal people who should respect each other because we’re all equal.
“The message we can give on the pitch and outside the pitch can help the world.”