Brazilian referee Igor Benevenuto has turn out to be the initial FIFA-rated referee in soccer record to occur out as homosexual.
Benevenuto, 41, declared through a Globoesporte podcast that he is gay and expressed his pleasure that he is at last prepared to be himself.
In a assertion to GloboEsporte, FIFA reported: “FIFA welcomes and supports referee Igor Benevenuto and his determination to occur out. As highlighted at other moments, FIFA strongly thinks that football is for absolutely everyone. And Igor striving to be real to himself is an critical instant for football in Brazil and in other international locations all around the earth.
“We hope this conclusion will motivate many others and encourage greater diversity and inclusion in the “wonderful activity.”