A survey of more than 4,000 people, conducted by BBC Radio 5 Live, has found that 82% of soccer fans in England, Scotland and Wales would have no problem with having a gay player on their team. A lack of acceptance of gay players has made headlines in the NFL in recent years, and it remains a taboo subject in the European game. The first player to come out in England was Justin Fashanu in 1990.
Following the conclusion of Wednesday’s Manchester derby in the fourth round of the 2016-17 EFL Cup, the draw for the quarterfinal round presented a pair of all-Premier League clashes. Manchester United will take on West Ham United at Old Trafford, while Arsenal will welcome Southampton to the Emirates Stadium. All quarterfinal fixtures will be played the week commencing Nov. 28. As for the other two matchups, Liverpool host Leeds United at Anfield, and Hull City will face one of the three clubs they replaced in the PL this season, recently relegated Newcastle United, at the KCOM Stadium. Full EFL Cup quarterfinal draw Liverpool vs. Leeds United Manchester United vs. West Ham Hull City vs. Newcastle
Captain Carlos Alberto (center) and Pele (far left) led Brazil to the 1970 World Cup title in Mexico City. Carlos Alberto – Brazil superstar, World Cup-winning captain, friend and contemporary of Pelé, scorer of one of the greatest World Cup final goals ever, and re-inventor of the right back position – died of a heart attack at the age of 72 on Tuesday. After an endless spell of possession, Jairzinho squared the ball at the edge of the box to Pele, who spotted to his right the streaking Carlos Alberto, who met the slow pass in its path and hammered it past Italian goalkeeper Enrico Albertosi.