Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale says he will no longer stay quiet when he encounters homophobic comments in dressing rooms and on social media.
The 25-year-old said he wants football to be “welcoming for everyone” so his brother, who is gay, can attend matches without fear of abuse.
Writing for The Players’ Tribune, he added he “felt bad” for the Tottenham fan who assaulted him in January.
Ramsdale revealed his wife had suffered a miscarriage three days earlier.
The England international signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal in May, following a season in which he played all 38 Premier League games during runners-up Arsenal’s title challenge.
He said that while he had never openly discussed his brother’s sexuality before, he felt it was the right time to do so “with everything going on in football right now”.
In July, a Fulham fan was banned from football for three years after admitting a public order offence relating to homophobic chanting, the same reason that Wolves were recently fined £100,000, with “a large number of supporters” involved.
“I want this game I love to be a safe and welcoming place for everyone,” said Ramsdale.
“I want my brother, Ollie – or anyone of any sexuality, race or religion – to come to games without having to fear abuse.
“Over the years, I’ve probably bit my tongue a few too many times whenever I hear homophobic comments or stupid things being said.
“I think maybe my brother has done the same, thinking it would make my life easier. All that ends today.”