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Sheppey United footballer vows homophobic abuse will not put him off his game

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Original article from Kent Live

A Kent footballer has alleged he received homophobic abuse from another player during a match.

Sheppey United player Jahmal Howlett-Mundle has accused a Tower Hamlets FC player of calling him a "gay p*ssy" during a game.

Tower Hamlets FC have asked for the player's shirt number and promised to investigate.

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Jahmal tweeted last night (August 7): "Real shame that a @TowerHamletsFC player was narrow minded enough to call me a "gay p****" during the game.

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"Comments such as those will not get under my skin or throw me off my game, and I do understand that unfortunately it will happen again."

In a statement, Sheppey United FC said it strongly condemned homophobic abuse and "fully supported" its defender.

The 24-year-old footballer, who is also a primary school teacher, made the decision to come out to his teammates in July.

He said: “I’m not the type of person to reveal large parts of my personal life and usually keep myself to myself.

"I certainly felt it was the right time to be honest with myself and my loved ones and by being open about my sexuality, maybe it will give others the confidence to follow suit.

“I believe I’ll be a better version of the Jahmal you already know. Whatever anyone’s sexuality, you should not be treated any differently – I’m just as hungry as any other player to step onto the football pitch and give my all to win for our team and our supporters.

Jahmal smiles as he comes out to teammates

“I always wished I had somebody that looked like me, that grew up where I grew up and played football to look up to when I was younger.”

Sheppey United assistant manager, Marcel Nimani called the defender "inspirational" and said the club fully supported him.

Jahmal thanked both his teammates and the staff at Sheppey United for their support.

The club have condemened the homophobic abuse alleged by Jahmal following the incident and said it is supporting him.

In a statement posted online, it said: "Sheppey United Football Club are in full support of our defender Jahmal Howlett-Mundle who was subjected to verbal abuse whilst playing a game of football this afternoon.

"The club will welcome any investigation and will also provide support to Jahmal who is obviously very upset with the situation.

"Sheppey United Football Club strongly condemn homophobic abuse and are totally committed to the elimination of all forms of discrimination.

"There is no place for it in our game or society as a whole."

Tower Hamlets FC directly responded to Jahmal's tweet.

It said: "This has just come to our attention, please can you give us the number of the players shirt so we can investigate and take matters into our hands.

"As a club we want you to feel we do not tolerate this type of action and will take this very seriously. Please personally message us."

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