My gorgeous peepers are back to being fully functional now, and thankfully the allergy is not champagne or caviar related, so life pushes on. This week I have decided to write about footballer revelations. Enjoy, and until next week remember this – if your tongue swells, it’s time to hit A&E…
1. Coming Out
Dr Sparkles is known for her light-hearted and fluffy tones for the most part, but the subject of homophobia in football is probably the one thing that will make her come across all serious. It is a sad fact that being a gay footballer means a life in the closet due to the fact that it is not, for the moment at least, de rigeur to come out.
So, when Swedish footballer Anton Hysén came out in a recent interview in Offside magazine it was a happy day. It seems that Hysén was inspired to come out by a speech that his father, ex Liverpool defender Glenn Hysén, had given at Gay Pride 2007 in Stockholm. Glenn had spoken about 'a 16-year-old who didn't want to come out because he feared what his team‑mates would think'. He was talking about his own son. Ironically, Hysén Senior had caused outrage in parts of the gay community when it was revealed that he was making a speech at Pride. This was due to an alleged-homophobic attack on another man in 2001, but Anton states that his Dad is anything but a homophobe and he encouraged his son to be brave enough to come out in a game where being gay still, sadly, is not accepted.
Dr Sparkles believes that this can only be a step in the right direction for the fight against homophobia in football (and encourages you to pop to www.footballvhomophobia.com in order to read more about how you can join in and help with this fight) but would like to leave the final word to Hysén himself: “It is completely strange, isn't it? It's all fucked up. Where the hell are all the others? No one is coming out. I may not play in the top flight but I still want to show that it isn't such a big deal. I am a footballer – and I am gay. If I perform as a footballer, then I don't think it matters if I like boys or girls”
As much as she doesn’t want to go down that path herself again, there is nothing that Dr Sparkles loves more than a good wedding. Thankfully there are several WAG weddings on the horizon. And, sweeties, there is not anything hotter than a WAG wedding…
First up is Italian goalkeeper and all around greasy fox Gianluigi Buffon, who recently announced that he is marrying Czech model Alena Šeredová. It would appear that Alena kept her man waiting for a few days after the proposal before saying yes. Treat ‘em mean, keep ‘em keen perhaps? Dr Sparkles isn’t a fan of dating gameplay as it is, but thinks that this is taking it way too far – the woman has already had 2 of the Juventus player’s children after all, and after that kind of commitment not saying yes for a few days just looks a little petty. But congrats nonetheless!
Mr Stephen Ireland has graced Dr Sparkles pages due to his bad sartorial taste in the past, but these pictures reveal a lack of taste that has never been seen before. Dr Sparkles therefore needed the last revelation to be that the Newcastle attacking midfielder needs some help. Someone call any of the reality-TV based home improvement shows. Right now.