The niece of gay footballer Justin Fashanu has said that while Thomas Hitzlsperger's decision to reveal he is gay is a move forward and "very significant", it is a shame that he waited until he was retired to make the announcement.
Amal Fashanu, 25, who made a documentary looking at why so few football players are openly gay, said it would have made a difference if Hitzlsperger had come out in his last year as a player.
"I think it is a shame, I think even in his last year he could have come out. He says he didn't have the time to do that, but I always say to myself there is always time to be real to yourself because what you don’t have time for is faking on a constant basis in your daily life," she said.
"It is a shame but it’s still good, so let’s not take away from that," she said.
Fashanu added that one day she hoped to see an openly gay Premier League footballer.
More top news
UK defence secretary says so-called Islamic State group will only be defeated by force.