"A (!) the sole openly gay player in the world – now pointing the profile out one of the problems"
"There is today an active and openly gay player in the male enthusiasm for the game. In the world. "
"Five years after he came out the adds German Thomas Hitzlsperger, a large part of the blame on the players' advisor."
"I'm sure it's not the fans that are the problem," says Hitzlsperger to the German ARD."
"It was last Wednesday on the day five years ago, Thomas Hitzlsperger became the male football's most famous openly gay person. The German took the decision to come out after he finished his own career and work today as a akademichef in VfB Stuttgart."
"”don't Have much to worry about,”"
"Despite the fact that so many years passed, the successor to the Hitzlsperger continued to shine with their absence. The international enthusiasm for the game on the men's side currently has just one openly gay player, american Collin Martin in Minnesota United."
" I'm sure it's not the fans that are the problem. People are much more enlightened and open in the day. Insults will always be present, but players who are looking to get out in the day does not have much to worry about from the fans. They worry about many things but there is a problem that only exists in their own heads and not the real thing, " says Hitzlsperger to the ARD."
"the 36-year-old, who during his career played 52 caps for Germany and represented the club as Aston Villa, Lazio, West Ham, Wolfsburg and Everton, says his experience is that it is worried about the adviser that creates the biggest problems for gay footballers who want to come out. "
" People have advisors and consultants who advise them not to do it, there is the problem of the day and I myself also experience of. Most of them think that it would not work but you have to listen to your own voice. "
"”Can't keep them apart”"
"Hitzlsperger now hopes that the entire fotbollsrörelsen must speak more positively about the possibility for more to be open with their orientation. "
"– All players must be able to handle a bit of insults and mockery. But play is not always on people's fears by telling you about everything bad that can happen. It is completely wrong signal to send. Outwardly all should just speak encouraging about it."
"Elitfotbollens only openly gay player Collin Martin says in the american magazine the Gay Times, in an interview reproduced by Sky Sports, that he chose to come out because he himself felt that his personal life also had a big impact on his performances on the pitch. "
"– A major reason I came out was to tell everyone who does not believe that it is something important. I don't think you can keep your private and your professional life separate, " says Martin, who hopes that more people will have the courage to follow his example."
"Both Martin and Hitzlsperger describing clearly, positive experiences of their choice to come out."