Britain’s first and only openly gay footballer, Justin Fashanu, originally from Nigeria, is to be posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame at the National Football Museum in Manchester this week.
The former Norwich City and Nottingham Forest striker took his own life in 1998 aged 37, eight years after coming out publicly to the press.
Fashanu, whose move to Forest in 1981 made him the first black footballer to command a one million pounds ($1.30 million)transfer fee, will be recognised at a ceremony on Wednesday.
His niece Amal, who runs The Justin Fashanu Foundation which highlights issues of homophobia and other forms of discrimination in football, will collect the award.
“I guess for Justin this would be a great moment and I think it’s a pivotal moment when we are finally recognising who Justin Fashanu was, not only as the openly gay footballer, but also as a very talented footballer and the first million-pound black player in England,” she told Sky Sports.