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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

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Former Premier League footballer reveals he is gay

A former Everton, West Ham and Aston Villa player has become the first ex-Premier League footballer to announce that he is gay.

Thomas Hitzlsperger while playing for Everton. Credit: PA

Thomas Hitzlsperger, who won 52 caps for Germany, made the announcement in Zeit magazine.

The 31-year-old, who has retired from professional football, said his sexuality "only dawned on" him in recent years.

Former Norwich City and Nottingham Forest footballer Justin Fashanu was the first top-flight footballer to reveal he was gay.

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