International Czech Jakub Jankto became the most famous footballer to come out as gay.
27 years old Getaf the midfielder, currently on loan to Sparta Prague, made the announcement via a social media video on Monday (February 13)
After introducing himself, the former Sampdoria player said: “Like everyone, I have my strengths, I have my weaknesses, I have a family, I have friends. I have a job that I have been doing to the best of my ability for years. years, with seriousness, professionalism and passion.
“Like everyone else. I too want to live in freedom, without fear, without prejudice, without violence, but with love. I’m homosexual and I don’t want to hide anymore.”
His parent club, Getafe, send a message quickly saying: “Our maximum respect and unconditional support for our footballer Jakub Jankto.”
A number of football clubs and leagues, including English Champions Leaguealso posted their support for the 45-member representative of the Czech Republic.
AND FIFAthe governing body of world football followed suit.
History of gay athletes in men’s soccer
Unlike in women’s football, coming out was considered taboo in men’s football.
Former England Under-21 striker Justyna Fashanu he is widely credited as the first footballer to come out as gay.
The Englishman did so towards the end of his career in 1990 and was then a constant target for abuse by viewers.
Defender Tomasz Berlingwho represented Norway at U19 level, retired at the age of 21 in 2000, citing homophobia in the game.
In 2013, international in the USA Robbie Rogers came out about his sexual orientation and retired from football after being released by English side Leeds United.
The left winger quickly reversed his decision to retire, signing with LA Galaxy and becoming the first gay man to play in a major North American sports league.
in October 2021 Jake Cavallo Australian A-League team Adelaide United the first active professional in the men’s premier league to come out.