Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness reveals animal welfare is the ‘biggest single reason’ he’s vegan

Author: Helen Greaves

Read Time:   |  21st September 2021

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Graeme Souness has disclosed that he’s been following a vegan diet for three years during Sunday’s Premier League coverage.


Former professional football player and manager Graeme Souness has revealed that he is vegan and has been eschewing meat for the past three years.

The Sky Sports pundit was discussing environmental issues during Sunday’s Premier League coverage when he declared that he eats a plant-based diet.

Fans have called the revelation the “shock of 2021.”

Souness’ confession came after colleges Roy Keane and Micah Richards spoke about their efforts to tackle the climate crisis, amounting to driving an electric car and opting to take walks on occasion.

However, Souness’ reasons for going plant-based go beyond environmental concerns.

During the programme he said: “The reason I did it, my concern was animal welfare. That was the biggest single reason.

“I think the way we treat animals is despicable, but that’s for another day. I’m in the process of having a new house built, I’ve air source heat pumps, I’ve got solar panels, so I’m aware of it, and I’m trying to do my wee bit.”

In response, Richards said: “I had an electric car for a while, Harrogate Council though didn’t allow me to have a charger, so I had to stop every time, so I had to stop that for about six months.

“But I’m getting there, I’m trying. Plant based isn’t for me, the size of me it’s going to be very difficult.

“It’s baby steps, if I was to try to change straight away, it wouldn’t quite happen to me, but I will give it a go.”

Graeme jokingly added: “When you grow up, see when you become an adult, you will become a non-meat eater.”

Vegan Athletes

Souness is the latest sports personality to join a growing list of vegan celebrities.

Other vegan sports stars include boxing legend Mike Tyson, tennis champion Serena Williams, and rugby league star Anthony Mullally.

The who’s who of famous vegans: 55 vegan celebrities reveal why they went plant-based.

Photo Credit: Odd Andersen via Getty Images

Written by

Helen Greaves

Helen has been vegan since 2018 and has a background in vegan food marketing and social media. She's mother to a mischief of rats, and loves to spend her spare time making vegan cakes and bakes.

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