Coloccini and Snodgrass vie for the ball
Matt Jarvis poses on the cover of ‘Attitude’ magazine

After Matt Jarvis rallies against homophobia, here are five other footballers who've got involved politically

Rarely do professional footballers make public statements that zigzag anywhere near political engagement - so the appearance of West Ham's Matt Jarvis on the cover of Britain's best-selling gay magazine, Attitude, and his attempt to address homophobia, one of the beautiful game's last remaining stigmas (in 21 years of the Premier League not one footballer has come out), is to be welcomed. Here we select five other pros who have used their profile to political effect.

Hammer blow for Norwich as injuries hit

Norwich City face being without their two senior strikers and a key midfielder as they attempt to end a losing run of three games at West Ham on New Year's Day. Grant Holt, the captain, missed Saturday's 4-3 defeat by Manchester City with a hamstring strain and his replacement in the 4-4-1-1 system, Steve Morison, limped off just before half-time. The young Tottenham loanee Harry Kane came on for him, before Simeon Jackson appeared as an even later substitute.

Juan Mata celebrates Chelsea's opening goal

Juan Mata eager for more after scoring winning goal for Chelsea

Spaniard scored only goal in victory over Norwich

Andreas Weimann of Aston Villa

Paul Lambert wants to give Aston Villa fans reasons to cheer

Villa reach semi-finals of the Capital One Cup with victory over Norwich

Christian Benteke fires Aston Villa’s fourth goal last night

Aston Villa ride luck before Paul Lambert comes back to haunt Norwich

Norwich City 1 Aston Villa 4

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert

Capital One Cup: Norwich v Aston Villa match preview

A look ahead to tonight’s Capital One Cup fixture at Carrow Road

Kieran Gibbs holds head in hands as Swansea’s Michu enjoys giving his side victory

Premier League: Swansea v Norwich match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at the Liberty Stadium

Sebastien Bassong

Norwich defender Sebastien Bassong will be fit for Swansea match

Premier League team news

Swansea striker Michu

Swansea put £30m price tag on Michu in bid to warn off suitors

Striker has notched 10 goals from 15 games

Rickie Lambert celebrates his goal against Norwich

Rickie Lambert frustrated by Southampton's inability to secure three points against Norwich

Rickie Lambert was left disappointed by Southampton's inability to make it three successive victories against Norwich last night.

Match Report: Sebastian Bassong puts Everton on the back foot

Everton 1 Norwich City 0: Home fans greet late equaliser with jeers as European ambitions continue to unravel

Russell Martin and Michael Turner of Norwich City

Norwich defender Russell Martin winning fitness race for Stoke match

Norwich defender Russell Martin is making a good recovery from his back injury and could be fit to face Stoke in tomorrow's Barclays Premier League clash at Carrow Road.

Match Report: Norwich City fans warm to new manager's common sense at Aston Villa

Aston Villa 1 Norwich City 1: Bennett sent off as home side surrender lead in manager's first encounter with Norwich since his acrimonious departure from Carrow Road

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Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
Lauded therapist Harley Mille still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Australian Harley Miller is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law
Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?

Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world...

But could his predictions of war do the same?
Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

Young at hort

Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?
Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

Sadly though, the Lawrence of Arabia star is not around to lend his own critique
Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve
Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition: It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans

Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

Besiktas vs Arsenal

Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie
Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

As the Northern Irishman prepares for the Barclays, he finds time to appear on TV in the States, where he’s now such a global superstar that he needs no introduction
Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

The 16-year-old will become the sport’s youngest-ever driver when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next season
Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

But belated attempts to unite will be to no avail if the Sunni caliphate remains strong in Syria, says Patrick Cockburn
Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

Following last week's report on prison suicides, the former inmate asks how much progress we have made in the 50 years since the abolition of capital punishment