QPR’s Barton praises Rogers courage for MLS return with LA Galaxy

QPR midfielder Joey Barton has heaped praise on Robbie Rogers after his decision to return to football.

QPR midfielder Joey Barton has heaped praise on Robbie Rogers after his decision to return to football.

The 26-year old American winger retired from the game in February after publicly announcing he is gay but is now back playing with MLS champions LA Galaxy – a move which Barton has hailed.

"Credit to Robbie for doing what he has done, and from what I have read he was a bit skeptical he would have to quit because of it," Barton told Sky Sports.

"Since he came out there has been such a positive reaction, and that has convinced him to go back to the game he loves, and that is fantastic."

He added: "Any gay man or woman out there should take confidence that this all shows that football is a lot more open minded than it was.

"Football should give itself a pat on the back, and hopefully it can open the door to a lot more people to come forward."

 
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