• Megan Rapinoe and Ali Krieger of the US women's soccer team. (Instagram)Source: Instagram
When Nigerian Football’s Vice President said lesbians are killing football, we think he may have been misunderstood.
Erin Byrnes

16 Jun 2016 - 7:45 AM  UPDATED 16 Jun 2016 - 4:29 PM

Well. Here we are again. Another man has gone and made hurtful and damaging comments on a topic they aren’t qualified to talk about. Yawn.

Before you fall asleep with the tediousness of it all, hear us out. First Vice President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Seyi Akinwunmi, has said the development of female football is being hampered by 'lesbian practice'. (Is lesbian practice a real thing? Just imagine. “Want to hang out on Thursday?” “Nah sorry, I can’t, I have lesbian practice on Tuesday and Thursday, to train for Saturday night.”)

“Lesbianism kills teams,” he’s reported to have said. Akinwunmi has since claimed he was misquoted.

BUT. Stick with us for a moment. We think something must have been lost in translation. Surely he didn’t imply that lesbians are killing football - old mate obviously meant “lesbians are KILLING IT” at football, because, honestly, there’s so much more evidence to support that. There are a lot of great things about lesbians in football - not just on the field, but off it, too.

Like, for example, Megan Rapinoe’s hair

Or in fact, Megan Rapinoe in general

We’d better not make this all about Pinoe, but here’s one more before we move on (with bonus Ashlyn Harris)

How about NZ star Katie Duncan, who has played 105 games for her country and counting

Or Nilla Fischer, who was named Sweden’s ‘LGBTQ Person of the Year’ in 2014

Hedvig Lindahl is another Swedish national team player kicking (well, stopping) goals. She currently plays for Chelsea Ladies. 

There’s Canadian star Erin McLeod and former USWNT rep Ella Masar McLeod, who together, form the soccer couple of your dreams

And then we have our own Michelle Heyman

Who also gives us #hairgoals

And shows that being comfortable in your own skin matters more than what anyone else says

So thanks, Nigerian football dude. Please continue the excellent compliments. Or you know, never open your mouth again. That would be better.


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