Thomas Hitzlsperger speaks about coming out in video

The former professional football player Thomas Hitzlsperger has released a video explaining his reasons for announcing he is gay.

Asked whether he thinks he could have made the announcement before his retirement, he says he believes young players "can talk about it" and that we will see a current footballer coming out earlier in their careers.

But he admitted he "does not know a single gay footballer personally".

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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