Manchester United defender Luke Shaw has refuted insinuations that he is homosexual.
He has denied he is one of the Premier League players planning on announcing they are gay.
The Mirror revealed on Friday night that two players – one an England international – are set to come out. They would be the first openly gay players still playing in the English top flight to reveal their sexuality since Justin Fashnu in 1990.
But Shaw, who is currently out injured, has now moved to deny he is one of them.
The England left-back took to Twitter on Saturday night to reply to a message posted by United fan account @UnitedStandMUFC which read: “The idiocy of these Luke Shaw rumours & he’s not even gay! And so what if he is? He’s a United player and we support him #MUFC”.
Shaw, 20, replied: “it’s not me so everyone can shut up now.”
Shaw is currently recovering from a broken leg and is expected to be out until March.
Gay footballers have stayed silent about their sexuality for fear of the backlash including taunts from opposing fans.
But with attitudes finally changing the two Premier League stars believe the time is right to come out.
The two players – including an England international – have told family and friends, and are being supported by their clubs and the Football Association, according to The Mirror.