Melbourne City’s new player-coach has spoken out about the prejudices she has faced as a gay athlete.
Superstar midfielder Jess Fishlock, from Wales, told the BBC she had been the target of homophobic abuse online.
Fishlock said she was comfortable with her sexuality and that her girlfriend was “exceptional,” but she tried to keep her personal life private.
“People can be cruel at times and what I don’t want is for a crazy fan ending up abusing her for no apparent reason,” she was quoted as saying.
City opened their first-ever W-League campaign with a huge win, beating Sydney FC 6 -0 on Sunday.
They will play Melbourne Victory in a local derby this Sunday at AAMI Park.
Fishlock had previously played two seasons in the W-League with rival club Melbourne Victory.
In a previous interview with the British news service, Fishlock said she thought City was taking Australian women’s soccer to “another level”.
“With their facilities and what they’re now having for the ladies I wanted to be a part of that, and I wanted to help push football in the right direction.”
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