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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The children were playing in the street with toy guns
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Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
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