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
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Blackpool’s Marvin Ekpiteta apologises for historic homophobic social media posts which have left him ’embarrassed’ after 17-year-old team-mate Jake Daniels came out as gay – and says posts ‘do not in any way reflect the values I hold now’

  • Jake Daniels, the 17-year-old Blackpool forward, came out as the first openly gay male footballer in Britain since 1990
  • Following Daniels’ announcement, posts made by team-mate Marvin Ekpiteta from 2012 and 2013 containing homophobic tones were highlighted 
  • Ekpiteta, 26, subsequently deleted the offending posts and on Tuesday evening issued an unreserved apology
  • He expressed regret for his actions a decade ago ‘which do not in any way reflect the values I hold now’

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.

Following Daniels’ announcement, which had been greeted with widespread support, posts made by Ekpiteta from 2012 and 2013 containing homophobic tones were highlighted.

Ekpiteta, 26, subsequently deleted the offending posts and on Tuesday evening issued an unreserved 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.

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

Blackpool defender Marvin Ekpiteta (L) has apologised for historical homophobic social media posts which have left him embarrassed in the wake of team-mate Jake Daniels (R) coming out

‘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.’

Following Daniels' (R) announcement, which had been greeted with widespread support, posts made by Ekpiteta from 2012 and 2013 containing homophobic tones were highlighted

Following Daniels’ (R) announcement, which had been greeted with widespread support, posts made by Ekpiteta from 2012 and 2013 containing homophobic tones were highlighted 

Ekpiteta, 26, subsequently deleted the offending posts and on Tuesday evening issued an unreserved apology

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