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Chelsea’s Florent Malouda Speaks Out Against Homophobia

October 26, 2010

The parallels between racism and homophobia do not escape Florent Malouda, Chelsea FC’s star midfielder and anti-racism ambassador, who stated he saw no difference in a recent interview – part of Kick It Out’s “One Game, One Community” weeks of action.  Kick It Out is a prominent anti-discrimination organization based in the UK and focused on equality in football.

Malouda, raised in French Guiana, moved to Western Europe at age 15.  Although he has not encountered racial abuse personally, he remembers discrimination and his struggles for acceptance.  He acknowledges there are those who reject others due to differences in race or culture but advocates speaking openly about it, saying “you cannot act like it does not exist.”  He theorizes discrimination occurs due to fear and lack of information, but suggests that education efforts that use current media and technological capabilities are the key to ending ignorance.

On the more recent issue of homophobia in football, Malouda states simply, “It is the same.”  He notes the similarities with racism starting with the denial of the problem, and says “hiding behind religion” and condemning gay people as doing something “wrong” are symptoms of the same non-acceptance.  He urges those who hold homophobic beliefs to “accept people as they are” and believes that once they do, they will “understand our differences are our strength.”

[Chelsea FC Thursday and Kick It Out]

-C.L.H.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Amy Tonai permalink
    October 26, 2010 11:35 am

    Not only is he athletically gifted and quite beautiful, he’s kind and intelligent as well.
    Love ya, Malouda!

  2. clarity permalink
    October 26, 2010 1:02 pm

    Thanks for this post 🙂

    I love to see that another player from a big club openly says that he thinks homophobia is wrong and shouldn’t be tolerated. No “buts” for a change.

  3. Kem_Viva permalink
    October 26, 2010 2:01 pm

    This so awesome! First Chelsea player that I can now say I really like lol.

  4. jenn permalink
    October 26, 2010 2:05 pm

    I love seeing big name footballers stepping out and stating that homophobia is wrong, and it needs to be kicked out of the sport. It is interesting that he draws upon his own experiences with racism in the sport-using them to inform his beliefs about racism that still exists, and what he sees as the next battle, homophobia. Bravo!

    Thanks for sharing this article, hopefully in the future, there will be more athletes like him to write about!

  5. Loezzy permalink
    October 27, 2010 11:50 am

    Hear, hear!

    I have so much respect, admiration and love for footballers like Malouda who dare to speak out like this.

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