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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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Hitzlsperger: Daley 'gave me the feeling I was not alone'

Tom Daley, who won Olympic bronze at London 2012, revealed his gay relationship last month. Credit: PA

Former footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger has said that diver Tom Daley revealing he was in a relationship with a man helped in his own coming out.

"It really helped me to see that other professional sports people were acknowledging their sexuality," he told the Guardian's Raphael Honigstein.

"I read about John Amaechi, Gareth Thomas and Tom Daley. They weren't footballers but the fact that they went public gave me the feeling that I was not alone.

"I began to think that I could help other footballers who might be in the same shoes, so that they could see that here's someone who was even an international.

"I wanted to encourage them, the way that those guys and Robbie Rogers encouraged me."

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