JAMES Bailey reveals he’s getting threatened with a transfer to another football club next week in Coronation Street.
The footballer lashes out at an abusive fan later this week when he launches into a homophobic rant.
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Corrie fans have watched James go to great lengths to keep his sexuality under wraps on the soap, in part thanks to his dad Ed’s awful reaction.
Ed later apologised but insisted it would be better for James’ football career if he stayed in the closet.
When James’ ex Danny outed him on social media back in March 2020, the young footballer decided he wasn't ready to face the music and decided to quell the rumours and deny that he was gay.
There’s obviously still some fan speculation as James is accosted this week by a homophobic fan.
Tim Metcalfe then has to restrain James when the fan launches into an abusive rant.
Next week’s episodes of Corrie will see a devastated James continue to reel from the altercation with the abusive fan.
He then reveals that he might be transferred to another football club in the wake of the incident – much to his dismay.
Meanwhile, his dad Ed and brother Michael also face prejudice on the cobble when the new Bistro manager Don continues to make racist remarks as they do their building work on the restaurant.
Michael is furious and reaches boiling point, but Ed insists there's no point rising to it.
Speaking about James' coming out storyline, Nathan Graham told the Mirror: “I think it’s had a positive reaction so far. Nobody wants to be the first of this new generation, I guess that’s how anyone would feel.
"It’s a real shame that people don’t feel that they can come out, because I feel like we've moved on," he continued.
"People are, I think, more accepting of everyone. Hopefully there is someone that’s a catalyst for more players to come out.
"It is important because it is clearly an issue as there is no one currently playing professional football who is openly gay.
"After talking to Keegan Hirst, I can see that in football, homophobia is not seen as being on the same level as racism so it is good to spark that conversation and then hopefully it will educate people that discrimination is discrimination no matter what it is; race, religion, sexuality."
He added: “If a sportsperson is gay, it doesn’t take away from their ability and with any type of discrimination, until people are educated then nothing will change."
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