Aston Villa praises Hitzlsperger's announcement

Thomas Hitzlsperger's former club Aston Villa has praised him after the ex-footballer announced he was gay:

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Everyone who knows Thomas from his time here at Villa has great respect for him, not only as the fine player he was but also as a man. (1/3)

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His statement today is a straightforward statement and, along with our support as a club, we hope that everyone involved in the game...(2/3)

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Fashanu niece: Shame Hitzlsperger waited so long

The niece of Britain's first openly gay footballer Justin Fashanu has said ex-Premier League star Thomas Hitzlsperger's decision to reveal he is gay is "very significant" but said it was a shame he waited until he was retired to make the announcement