In an exclusive interview with Le Parisien ahead of the launch of his autobiography, Patrice Evra revealed: “When I was in England, they brought someone to talk to the team about homosexuality.
“Some of my colleagues said ‘it is against my religion, if there is a homosexual in this locker room, let him leave the club’ and other comments.
“At that time, I said, ‘shut up’. I played with players who were gay.
“Face to face, they opened up with me because they are afraid to speak otherwise.”
The Manchester United legend continued: “There are at least two players per club who are gay. But in the world of football, if you say so, it’s over.”
Evra has played for the Red Devils and West Ham in England but it’s unclear which club he’s referring to above.
Adelaide United player Josh Cavallo has become the first openly gay active footballer but there’s none in the Premier League – or any of Europe’s top five leagues – so far.