SIR Ian McKellen has criticised England manager Roy Hodgson for his misguided views of homosexuality.
The Lord of the Rings actor, who grew up in Wigan, said that the sports expert isn’t “living in the real world” after he claimed he’d never met a gay player during an interview with a Cambridge University student newspaper.
He also said he didn’t know what LGBT stood for.
Sir Ian said: “He’s too absorbed in his own world. 500 professional soccer players in this country and not one of them out?”
The actor, who stars in the video for George Ezra’s new track Listen To The Man, said the sport needs to do more to help gay players.
He said: “What is going to make the FA face up to the responsibilities of the people it’s looking after? Premier League clubs: what is their problem? They’re living in the past. They’re so old-fashioned. They are way back in the 19th century.”
Sir Ian McKellen came out as being gay in 1988 and he’s been vocal on gay rights issues ever since.
There are no openly gay players in the English and Scottish professional leagues.
Liam Davis is currently Britain’s only openly gay footballer who is still playing the game.
The midfielder plays for Gainsborough Trinity in the sixth tier of English football.