Clegg's 'huge respect' for Hitzlsperger courage

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has tweeted his "huge respect" for Thomas Hitzlsperger, who today became the first openly gay ex-Premier League footballer.

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Huge respect to @thomashitzl for his courage today. His bravery will help break down barriers in sport for the next generation.

Hitzlsperger acknowledged the message with a retweet.

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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