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How Premier League footballers got woke

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It may seem like a small step, but for years footballers kept their views hidden: they certainly weren’t opining on human rights.

Those are the words of 24-year-old Arsenal footballer Héctor Bellerín – to his 1.65m followers on Twitter.

We fight for equality and this is something men should fight for and not hide away from.” That’s not a politician, a columnist, or a “progressive lovey” with an Oscar on their bedside table.

“Since footballers have such a large social media presence, we can shape the conversation as much as you do,” Deeney told this paper.

“The dressing room in my era was tough.

This isn’t just an issue for women, it’s one for every human being.

The work of a club becomes not about sculpting the best footballer, but the best person.
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