Joey Barton: 'Hitzlsperger has shown a lot of courage'

QPR player Joey Barton has tweeted:

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Thomas Hitzlsperger has shown a lot of courage today. Sad times when people have to wait till they retire from their chosen profession...

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...before the feel other people will judge them solely on who the human being is. Shame on all of us as a society.

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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