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Hitzlsperger has our full support

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The FSF welcomes former Aston Villa, Chesterfield, Everton, and West Ham United player Thomas Hitzlsperger’s recent decision to reveal his sexuality.

It’s the right thing to do and we hope this helps move football towards a climate where current professionals feel they can do the same. There is no place for discrimination in football and any player who chooses to come out would have the FSF’s full support.

FSF affiliate the Gay Football Supporters’ Network (GFSN) also welcomed the news that Hitzlsperger feels comfortable enough to make the announcement. GFSN Chair Chris Basiurski explains why he believes it’s important when footballers come out as gay here.

  • You can find out more about GFSN here.

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