Now, emboldened by the response, director Miles Jacobson has announced that Football Manager 2018, due out on 10 November, will feature players coming out as gay. There have been very few players to come out as openly gay in football, and while organisations are fighting homophobia in the sport, it's still a rare topic of discussion.
But the negative reaction from some football fans highlights why more footballers don't come out during their professional careers and why it's positive to see Football Manager 2018 make this step.
"Part of the reason we chose to do this is because there are gay footballers", game director Miles Jacobson told BBC Sport.
"I do think it's about time that footballers who are entertaining people around the world every week are actually allowed to be themselves rather than act as someone that they're not".
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Burnley midfielder Jack Cork said: "We knew they take risks on the ball, they play out and we knew we could nick it from them". Generally we take each game as it comes. "We have to find different ways to breaking teams down".
Despite it being "rare", the feature is tied to the game's computer-generated youngsters who bolster the player database year-upon-year as its real life players retire. He also decided he had to leave the game to do it, before returning to football in the MLS with LA Galaxy. When he's not covering the latest in pop culture, you can find him playing with his French Bulldog puppy or hovering over the table of food at any social gathering.
"Being gay is just a totally normal thing in life, and it's the right thing to put it in the game because it's something that we're going to be seeing in the future". "We didn't really have a way to do things until we were able to hear the stories directly from people in the sport who have come out". Players moving from a country where homosexuality is illegal won't come out as gay even though they move to another country either. Neither the Federation Internationale de Football Association or Pro Evolution Soccer series include player "coming outs".
Football Manager 2018 is launching in a couple of weeks and with it comes a whole new era in sports games. Thomas Hitzlsperger, a player in the German League, retired before he came out in 2014, and in August, Ryan Atkin, an English league referee, came out as gay.
"I look forward to the day where people who work in football feel 100 per cent comfortable with who they are, whatever their ethnicity, religion, or sexuality".