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