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EFL support after Jake Daniels statement

16 May 2022

Following the decision of Blackpool's Jake Daniels to speak publicly about his sexuality, EFL Chief Executive Trevor Birch made the following statement.

“Coming out publicly in professional football will have taken great courage and I have huge admiration for Jake Daniels’ decision to do so.

“Jake’s actions will no doubt serve as an inspiration to people everywhere. The League is proud that he is part of the EFL family and has our full support.

“As our national sport, football has a huge role to play as we seek to promote equality of all forms. We hope that this moment helps take us forward to a time where LGBTQ+ representation across the men’s professional game is the norm.

“Our thanks go to Blackpool for helping create a safe space where Jake felt empowered to speak openly and League Football Education for the support provided.

“It is a fundamental principle for the EFL that our Clubs and competitions offer an inclusive and welcoming environment for all those involved in the game, whether that be players, managers, match officials, employees or spectators.  

“For its part, the EFL will continue to offer its backing to Jake and to anybody else that wishes to come out in the future."

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