Scotland’s first openly gay footballer Zander Murray speaks up against homophobic abuse

Zander Murray, Scotland’s first openly gay footballer has opened up on the “horrendous” homophobic abuse he received on social media just hours before the release of his upcoming documentary.

Murray teamed up with the BBC for a new documentary to assess what more needs to be done to tackle homophobia in football, after coming out as gay in September 2022.

The Scottish League Two side Bonnyrigg Rose player who reacted to a derogatory message he got underneath a post he shared applauding a young football fan, wrote;

“Fully expect some homophobic abuse or hate for bringing out a documentary trying to help people and our game. But to comment under this post!? Horrendous, get a grip.”

Since coming out in a private Facebook post last year, Murray has spoken about his determination to try and act as a role-model for the LGBT+ community. Blackpool striker Jake Daniels became the first openly gay UK footballer since Justin Fashanu earlier in the season.

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