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'They are wonderful people' - Bristol Bisons stop openly gay player from being deported

Kenneth Macharia was almost sent back to Kenya after the Home Office claimed the country was safe for LGBT people

2018-11-22

Words: Steve Brown

A decision to deport a rugby player has been prevented after his teammates set up a campaign.

The Bristol Bisons – a gay and inclusive rugby team in Somerset – fought save teammate Kenneth ‘Ken’ Macharia from being deported despite having been in the UK since 2009 and worked through his visa.

A change.org page was set up and has received nearly 19,000 signatures but now, ITV have reported that the campaign to stop Ken – who feared he would be persecuted if he was deported back to Kenya due to his sexuality – from being deported has been successful.

While speaking to ITV News, Ken said: “I am deeply indebted to them. I’m extremely grateful. They are wonderful people.

“I am surprised they went into all this effort for me. I’m blushing right now. I would like to stay because I want to have a normal love life, I want to have a normal life, and I do not want to be forced to hide who I am.”