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.