Gay footballer appointed MBE

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The founder of Stonewall FC, Britain’s first gay football club, has been appointed an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.

Aslie Pitter, 50, was honoured for his impact on tackling homophobia in sport through his dedication to London-based Stonewall FC, the world’s most successful gay football club.

Mr Pitter is the reserve team manager for the club, which celebrates its 20th anniversary next year, and still plays competitively.

He told the Press Association: “I just feel so honoured today, although it’s recognition for everybody in the club that we’re doing a good thing and helping people fulfil their potential.

“It’s a recognition of English grassroots football.”

Stonewall FC chairman Liam Jarnecki said: “Aslie is a wonderful guy. People like him are the salt of the earth and the lifeblood of grassroots football. We’re all overjoyed for him.”