Podolski, Barton, Lineker and others support Hitzlsperger on Twitter after he comes out

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Former Aston Villa, Everton and West Ham midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger has received plenty of support on Twitter after he came out in German media.

Imagine you went to work one day at your office, shop, hospital, school or whatever and somebody there has just come out as gay - would it resonate at all, would you even talk about, or would it just mean nothing.

That is how it should be of course in the 21st century - but in the world of professional football that is certainly not the case.

Before today only three people have come out as homosexual in the men’s game. Justin Fashanu, Anton Hysen and Robbie Rodgers have made the brave step but today Thomas Hitzlsperger, the former Aston Villa, West Ham and Everton midfielder, announced to German magazine Die Zeit that he was gay.

Hitzlsperger stated:

"It's been a long and difficult process. Only in the last few years have I realised that I preferred living together with a man. In England, Italy and Germany being a homosexual is no big thing, at least not in the dressing room. I was never ashamed of being who I am but it was not always easy to sit on a table with 20 young men and listen to jokes about gays. You let them get on with it as long as the jokes are somewhat funny and not too insulting.”

It is certainly a brave step, even if in 2014 it shouldn’t be an issue, and it has been received well on the social network Twitter - with several famous footballers, gay sportstar’s and respected journalists all supporting ‘Der Hammer’…







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