OMG! FORMER EVERTON AND VILLA MIDFIELDER OPENLY ADMITS HE IS GAY
In what has being applauded in England, former Aston Villa star Thomas Hitzlsperger has become the first Barclays Premier League player, past or present, to announce that he is gay.
Hitzlsperger, who also played for West Ham, Everton and
Germany, made the revelation on Wednesday, five months after retiring
from the game due to persistent injuries.
Hitzlsperger said: ‘I’m coming out
about my homosexuality because I want to move the discussion about
homosexuality among professional sportspeople forwards.’
31-year-old, who made 52 appearances for Germany, said that he only
realised he was gay ‘in the past few years’ and, in an interview in the
German newspaper Die Zeit, added: ‘I’ve never been ashamed of the way I
He said he has only
realised ‘in the past few years’ that he would ‘prefer to live together
with another man’, saying the issue is otherwise taboo inside the
best known for his time at Villa, for whom he made 99 appearances, is
the second player who has played in England to come out as gay. Last
year former Leeds winger Robbie Rodgers, now at LA Galaxy, also came
Both players left
England before making the announcement. Rodgers has insisted that
English football would struggle with an openly gay player and
Hitzlsperger does not believe homosexuality is taken seriously enough in
Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski spoke out in support of his former international team-mate on Twitter: ‘Brave and right decision. Respect,
Thomas Hitzlsperger. His outing is an important sign in our time.’
English-born defender, Anton Hysen,who plays in Sweden and came out as gay in 2011, also praised Hitzlsperger.
want to take a moment and say good job Thomas Hitzlsperger!! Very proud
of what you’ve done. Extremely good for football,’ he tweeted.
And he received encouragement from England Prime
Minister, David Cameron, who also tweeted his support: ‘As an AVFC fan, I’ve
always admired what Thomas Hitzlsperger did on the pitch — but I admire
him even more today. A brave and important move.’
It would be recalled that former England Under-21 international, Nigeria-born player Justin Fashanu, who is the brother of former England player and Nigeria Football Association chairman at a time, John Fashanu, was the first
professional footballer in Britain to come out in 1990, before taking
his own life eight years later