Former West Ham player reveals he is gay

Former West Ham, Aston Villa and Germany international midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger has announced he is gay.

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Gay footballer: I've never been ashamed of the way I am

I'm coming out about my homosexuality because I want to move the discussion about homosexuality among professional sportspeople forwards.

I've never been ashamed of the way I am.

Just picture 20 men sat around a table together drinking - you've just got to let the majority be, just as long as the jokes are halfway funny and the talk about homosexuality doesn't get too insulting.

In England, Germany or Italy, homosexuality is not taken seriously as an issue, at least not in the dressing room.

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