Justin Fashanu, late footballer, who came out as gay to be honoured

Justin Fashanu, late footballer, who came out as gay to be honoured

- Justin Fashanu took his own life aged 37 after prejudice that came after coming out as gay

- The younger brother of famous England star John played for Norwich City where he scored a memorable wonder goal against Liverpool

- Years after his death, Justin is finally set to be unveiled in the British Hall of Fame

- The Hall of Fame recognizes sports personalities who significantly contributed to sport in one way or another

Norwich City icon Justin Fashanu, who became Britain’s first footballer to come out as gay, is set to be posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Fashanu is set to be recognized during a ceremony on Wednesday, February 18 at a Museum in Manchester.

Being inducted into the Hall of Fame is quite a feat as the award recognizes some of the personalities who greatly contributed to the sport.

The award comes 22 years after the former Nottingham Forest and Norwich striker took his own life.

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As it stands, Fashanu becomes the Britain’s only openly-gay male professional footballer.

Notably, the award comes on a date when he would have been celebrating his 59th birthday.

The late Fashanu's niece Amal will receive the award on his behalf.

Amal currently runs the Justin Fashanu Foundation which was set up to highlight issues of homophobia and other forms of discrimination in football.

"I think he wouldn't believe it himself. I know he would be extremely honoured, and I know that I am extremely honoured and so is my family," Amal was quoted by Sky Sports News.

Currently, there are over 100 male players inducted in the Hall of Fame which was established in 2002.

Fashanu started his career with Norwich City, scoring his debut goal in January 1979 against West Bromwich Albion.

One of the highlights of his career was a stunning goal against Liverpool in 1980 which saw him clinch several goal of the season awards.

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Notably, a banner was raised at Carrow Road on Saturday, February 15 in remembrance of the wonder goal when the Canaries hosted current runaway leaders Liverpool.

In October 1990, Fashanu came out as gay in a newspaper in an interview which would forever change the course of his life.

Following the interview, there was a lot of prejudice against the footballer which followed him after retirement in 1994.

In 1998, he took his own life, aged 37.

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