A CAMPAIGNER will meet with football chiefs to help them provide support to seven secretly gay players.
Amal Fashanu — niece of gay footballer Justin Fashanu — will meet with the Professional Footballers’ Association.
She is battling to put an end to homophobia in the game.
Her uncle Justin killed himself in 1998 after becoming the first professional player to come out.
Amal said: “For a long time the game has been ignoring the issue, but at long last this appears to be changing.
The PFA has contacted me and made it clear they want to help address the issue.
“They are worried about any player who is suffering in silence.
“They want to do all they can to make sure any player who wants to make that step is supported.”
Two players Amal is supporting are Premier League stars who don’t feel able to go public, fearing a backlash from fans.
Her dad, ex-Wimbledon striker John, is supporting her efforts.
He paid his brother Justin to keep quiet about his sexuality, a decision which he publicly said he has regretted “every day”.