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What’s trending on Twitter in the UK today? Soccer star Barry Ferguson faces accusations of unsportsmanlike conduct, and cricket player Steven Davies makes an historic exit from the closet.
When the Birmingham football club defeated Arsenal in the Carling Cup yesterday (February 27), Birmingham midfielder Barry Ferguson allegedly “slapped” Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny on the head as he was running to celebrate his team’s victory. This later prompted an angry tweet from Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere, who wrote, “Well done to the BCFC player who slapped Koscielny on the head when they scored, very big of you!” A still pulled from game footage appears to show Ferguson’s hand making contact with Koscielny’s head, and many Arsenal fans are demanding that Ferguson be penalized.
@AliHunter1: Oh dear. So it was Barry Ferguson who slapped Laurent Koscielny yesterday? A legend, but that was a tad unnecessary.
@AndyDunn_NOTW: Presumably, the referee did not see Barry Ferguson’s slap. All clear for the FA’s super-sleek disciplinary machine to whir into action then
England cricket player Steven Davies became “the first active professional cricketer to confirm he is gay,” reports BBC Sport. In a statement, the 24-year-old said, “I’m comfortable with who I am — and happy to say who I am in public. To speak out is a massive relief for me but if I can just help one person to deal with their sexuality then that’s all I care about.” Davies’s coach and other senior cricket officials have supported Davies in his decision to come out. Only two other British sportsman have come out while still professionally active in sports: footballer Justin Fashanu, who committed suicide in 1998, and rugby player Gareth Thomas.
@OliverKayTimes: No idea how many footballers in same position, but England cricketer Steven Davies’s mature i/view succeeds in making “coming out” look easy.
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Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.