Robbie Rogers hopes gay players in the UK can follow his lead in coming out - but he knows the fervor of fans could make that difficult.
Former Leeds winger Rogers publicly revealed his sexuality shortly after leaving Elland Road in February following little over a year in English football.
The 26-year-old also announced his retirement from the game, but is now back playing with the Los Angeles Galaxy .
Speaking to Victoria Derbyshire on BBC Radio 5 Live, Rogers said: "For whatever reason, I don't think fans in England or fans in the UK are homophobic at all.
"They are just so passionate they will do anything to help their team get a little bit of an edge.
"The things they will say in a stadium does not reflect their character. But they take it just a little bit overboard sometimes. I learned that while I was in England.
"It's a little bit sad. Fans need to realise what you're saying to players, especially when you are on that level. You need to...