Comedian Eddie Izzard suffers homophobic abuse at FA Cup Final
Comedian Eddie Izzard has told how he suffered “homophobic abuse” at last weekend’s FA Cup final, despite being transgender not gay.
The Crystal Palace associate director told students on his pro-EU tour that he was watching his team play Manchester United on Saturday when he was verbally attacked.
Izzard also claimed that a man had recently been arrested near his home for screaming abuse at him.
Answering questions from students in Birmingham on Monday, Izzard said he had come out as transgender back in 1985 and tried to “make the case in the street while people were shouting ‘What the f*** is that?’ to me”.
The 54-year-old said: “In fact they just arrested a homophobic guy for screaming abuse at me near where I live just the other day so it’s still going on, I’m still living with this abuse.
“I went to the Palace game against Manchester United and someone [verbally] attacked me and was exceedingly horrible, he said I’m a disgrace to the Crystal Palace team. I was wearing a Crystal Palace shirt, he said ‘You’re a f****** disgrace’ and I went… ‘Hey what the b***** hell are you saying’ and all the other Palace fans came out and said ‘Hey back off man’.
“And I just thought it was actually rather positive because only one guy was screaming homophobic abuse at me rather than 20 or an entire section of an audience.”