The 25-year-old stated that he wants football to be “welcoming for everyone” so that his gay brother can watch games without worrying about being harassed.
He said that he “felt bad” for the Tottenham supporter who attacked him in January in a piece for The Players’ Tribune.
Ramsdale disclosed that his wife had miscarried three days ago.
After a season in which he participated in all 38 Premier League games as part of runners-up Arsenal’s title challenge, the England international signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal in May.
Even though he admitted that he had never before spoken openly about his brother’s sexual orientation, he believed that it was the appropriate moment to do so “with everything going on in football right now.”
A Fulham supporter was given a three-year ban from football in July after pleading guilty to a public order offense involving homophobic chanting. This is the same offense for which Wolves was recently fined £100,000, with “a large number of supporters” engaged.
“I desire this game.” Ramsdale remarked, “I love to be a safe and inviting place for everyone.
“I want anyone who attends sports, regardless of their sexual orientation, color, or religion, to do so without worrying about being harassed.
I’ve probably held my mouth too many times over the years when I hear homophobic remarks or foolish things said.
“I suspect my brother may have followed suit, believing it would make my life simpler. Everything stops today.
After kicking Ramsdale in the back during the north London derby at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium earlier this year, a man was given a four-year football match suspension.
Ramsdale stated he felt awful for the person because, in his opinion, if he had known what he was going through at the time, he would not have acted in that manner.
A few days before the game, Ramsdale’s wife miscarried on a six-hour trip from a post-World Cup vacation back to London.
Even now, he continued, “there’s simply no way that I can explain the misery of that six-hour trip back to London.
I simply want everyone to know that, if they are experiencing it themselves, they are not alone.
“Especially in the last few years, you see so much negativity and toxicity in football,” he continued. It seems like a lot of people have lost all perspective, whether it be on social media or at the grounds.
Ramsdale commended Mikel Arteta, the manager of Arsenal, for his assistance.
He asked me if I needed some time off to deal with everything “even in the middle of the title race, with so much pressure on the club,” he remarked.
“Mikel went out of his way to make sure that my family and I were okay. That’s a manager to me.