A footballer playing in the Championship will reportedly come out as gay next week.
The unnamed teenager is set to be a trailblazer by becoming the first out mainstream footballer in the UK since Justin Fashanu, who came out in 1990.
A source told The Sun: "The player told club officials and his manager about this a few weeks ago and his family already knew.
"The club made it very clear it was his decision and they would back what he wanted to do.
"He told his teammates, some as recently as Friday, and they offered him their backing too.
"Football dressing rooms have moved with the times and none of the players see it as a big deal.
"They are all more interested in how he plays and trains. He is a highly valued member of the team."
Amal Fashanu, niece of Justin, said: "This is very encouraging news and shows the positive steps that have been taken in society and in football.
"I am sure he will get a positive reaction and it may pave the way for others." body check tags ::