Football Is Ready for Openly Gay Players

February 24, 2021

As last year’s British Social Attitudes survey indicates, 66% approve of same-sex couples, meaning about a third do not. Our newest research suggests that, with 95% of fans saying they favor openly gay players, football crowds are more welcoming of gay people than the rest of the UK population....

Racism Hides Where We Least Expect It

December 18, 2019

Last night, the caregiver who comes to help my 98-year-old mother take a shower and get ready for bed arrived looking a little shocked. She’d just been angrily rejected by another patient, an elderly man who had complained, “You’re not even white.” He was white; she is African Caribbean...

What Is Behind Football’s Persistent Racism?

October 15, 2019

Imagine it’s 1979. Britain’s national game, football, is still anchored to its working-class roots. The tribal violence known as hooliganism surfaces at practically every game, and the stadiums are often dilapidated monuments of the previous century. A handful of black players are breaking...