The former professional football player Thomas Hitzlsperger has released a video explaining his reasons for announcing he is gay.
Asked whether he thinks he could have made the announcement before his retirement, he says he believes young players "can talk about it" and that we will see a current footballer coming out earlier in their careers.
But he admitted he "does not know a single gay footballer personally".
Thomas Hitzlsperger has said he believes his case proves that it is possible to be strong and gay. In an interview on his website he said:
They think in ... professional football that you have to be strong, powerful. They think being gay means you aren't that, you're the opposite, you're soft, you don't really like to tackle, you're really weak.
But ... people nicknamed me 'The Hammer' early on because I've got a powerful left foot, I'm a strong guy ... Why do people think that being gay means that you're weak? I think I proved the opposite.