31year former Aston Villa, Everton, West Ham & German midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger has come out as gay. But he waited to retire from football before revealing his sexual preference.
“I’m coming out about my homosexuality because I want to move the discussion about homosexuality among professional sportspeople forwards. In England, Italy & Germany being a homosexual is no big thing, at least not in the dressing room”
“The awareness of being gay was a long and difficult process. Only in recent years has it dawned on me that I would prefer to live with another man. I’ve never been ashamed of my sexuality”
John Fashanu’s brother, Justin Fashanu and US footballer Robbie Rogers were the first footballers to come out as gay. Hitzlsperger was probably wise to wait to retire before revealing this to the world.