Ex-Premier League star Hitzlsperger reveals he is gay

I personally think that the very reason that he decided to wait to come out is the very reason he should’ve done so before retiring. But coming out is up to each individual and pushing them doesn’t help anyone.

The German international, who retired in September due to a recurring knee injury, came out to German magazine Die Ziet.

“I’m making my homosexuality public because I would like to advance the discussion of homosexuality among professional athletes,” Hitzlsperger said.

The man referred to as “Der Hammer” by the Villa faithful due to his explosive left-footed shots said that coming to terms with being gay was “a long and difficult process” and that “only in recent years has it dawned on me that I would prefer to live with another man.”

The 31-year-old enjoyed a 12-year career playing in Germany, Italy and England and stated that he has “never been ashamed” of his sexuality, but preferred to wait until after he had retired to reveal the news because homosexuality “is a topic that is ignored in football”.

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