Justin Fashanu, ex-footballer of Nigerian descent, died on this day 21 years ago

Justin Fashanu, ex-footballer of Nigerian descent, died on this day 21 years ago

- Justin Fashanu took his own life exactly 21 years ago after he openly declared he was gay

- He was the first professional footballer who openly declared his status

- But he was unable to cope with the heat afterwards and had to take his own life

Born on February 19, 1961, Justin Fashanu was the first black footballer to command a £1 million transfer fee with his move from Norwich City to Nottingham Forest in 1981.

But his career as a footballer was filled with lot of circumstances most especially battle against accusation of assaulting a male American teenager.

Today makes it 21 years that Justin Fashanu took his own life after suffering several criticisms for being gay which he confirmed himself.

Justin Fashanu could no longer cope with the abuse he got from people when he made it known that he was a gay, and he had to take his own life.

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He was called for questioning in America in May 1998 by police as Justin was accused of assaulting an American in which a court arrest warrant was later served.

But Justin Fashanu thought he would not get a fair trial and he traveled to England afterwards where he took his own life on May 2, 1998, a day to when he was supposed to appear in court.

Fashanu began his career as an apprentice with Norwich City turning professional towards the end of December 1978.

He made his league debut on January 13, 1979 against West Bromwich Albion and settled into the Norwich side scoring regularly and occasionally spectacularly.

He is the elder brother of John Fashanu, English television presenter, and former professional footballer of Nigerian and Guyanese descent.

Previously, Legit.ng had reported how former Nigerian/English footballer John Fashanu claimed that his wife of four years Abigail Igwe tried to kill him after she claimed to see him having a threesome.

The 56 year old has said that his estranged wife went for him with a knife during a furious row at their home. Fashanu who played for England has been in a bitter divorce with Abigail.

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