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Blackpool defender, Marvin Ekpiteta has apologised for historical homophobic social media posts which have left him embarrassed in the wake of team-mate Jake Daniels coming out. On Monday, the 17-year-old Blackpool forward came out publicly, becoming the first openly gay male footballer in Britain to do so while still playing since Fashanu in 1990.                                            Jack Daniels Following Daniels’ announcement, posts made by Ekpiteta from 2012 and 2013 containing homophobic surfaced online. Ekpiteta, 26, subsequently deleted the offending posts and on Tuesday evening, May 17, issued an apology expressing regret for his actions a decade ago ‘which do not in any way reflect the values I hold now’. ‘Today, social media posts I made in 2012 and 2013 have been highlighted,’ the defender said in a statement on Twitter. ‘I want to wholeheartedly apologise for the offensive and completely inappropriate language I used, and for the sentiments I expressed. ‘As a footballer, and in the years spent in work, before I became a professional player, I’ve been fortunate to have worked with a wide and diverse range of people. Throughout this period, I have developed and grown as a person. ‘Yesterday, I was proud of Jake and all involved at Blackpool FC for what is a hugely positive moment for football as a whole. ‘I am embarrassed by the comments I made as a 17-year-old, nearly a decade ago, which do not in any way reflect the values I hold now or the beliefs I have as a person or as a team-mate. ‘Football needs to be a place where everyone can feel free to be true to themselves, and I am upset that the comments I previously made suggest otherwise. ‘I take full responsibility for these posts, and I am sorry.’  Marvin Ekpiteta was born in England to Nigerian parents. In 2013, Ekpiteta was called up for Nigeria U20, making two appearances. On 10 October 2018, Ekpiteta made his debut for England in a 1–0 victory against Estonia U23.The post Nigerian footballer, Marvin Ekpiteta apologises for historic homophobic social media posts after his 17-year-old team-mate came out as gay appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.
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