Robbie Keane makes impassioned plea in support of a 'Yes' vote
Football legend Robbie Keane has come out in support of the Marriage Referendum and has urged Irish people to "treat all of its citizens equally".
The Republic of Ireland captain said he fears gay people are being "excluded because of their sexuality".
"The rules of the game should be the same for all, no matter what team is right for you," Robbie said.
In an open letter, Robbie made an impassioned plea in favour of the referendum being passed on May 22.
"Although I am currently working and living outside of the country, I have been following the commentary and debate on the upcoming Referendum on same-sex marriage," the LA Galaxy footballer wrote. "While, unfortunately, I will not be home to vote on May 22, I am strongly supporting a 'Yes' vote.
"Most of us will have friends or family who, up to now, have been denied the right to marry their loved ones or have been made to feel excluded because of their sexuality. To me, this feels wrong.
"I am a very proud Irishman and it is important to me that our country does, and is seen to, treat all of its citizens on an equal footing.
"As a sportsman, fairness is key. My own personal view is that changing our Constitution on this issue is the right decision as it will give people the choice and opportunity to marry, irrespective of the fact that they may wish to marry someone of the same gender.
"Marriage equality is an easy answer for me and will show the world that Ireland is a compassionate country."