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Homophobia in football: The Terraces are not the Problem

five years Ago, Ex-national player Hitzlsperger had his Coming-out. What should be normal in professional football is still a taboo. This need not be so, says Hitzlsperger today - and calls for more courage.

Ex-national player Thomas Hitzlsperger believes that there has been in professional sports, "a lot of progress with regard to the issue of discrimination, reservations, tolerance",: "homosexuality is not a taboo anymore as it was maybe five years ago," says the 36-year-old in an Interview with the German ARD-Radio-Research Sport. That is why the time is quite ready for a Coming-out in professional football:

"I do not believe that the Terraces are definitely the Problem, that the football Fans are much more enlightened, much more open-minded. Insults are in everyday life. But basically: players who play with the thought to come out of the closet, not fear of the Fans so much. The are many fears that do not exist only in the minds of some, but they are real."

It is going to have a "wide cross": "With insults and name-calling, each player must be able to deal with it," says the native of Munich, and calls on all those Involved "won't always Work with the Fears - this is exactly the wrong Signal. All the people in the Public eye should speak encouraging words."

With his Coming-out, rattled Ex-national team player Thomas Hitzlsperger on a taboo in professional football.

Frankfurt's President Fischer advises of Coming-out

A position as the President of Eintracht Frankfurt, Peter Fischer, transported to the outside, criticized Hitzlsperger explicitly. Fischer, who is considered to be very progressive and liberal, said in an Interview with the German ARD-Radio-Search sports, that he would support an out player of his team, at the same time, he advised, but of this step: "to say Proactively: 'do this now finally, we are now in need of a', I wouldn't do that," he says. This is the time today is not Mature.

Hitzlsperger speaks: "I am very sorry to say that the Eintracht-President sees it that way. I would wish for a more positive approach."

Concord, President of the fishermen does not mean that the time for the Coming out of gay players is not yet Mature.

FC Bayern, contrary to fan club

24 homosexual fan clubs in Germany fight for recognition. In a survey conducted by the ARD-Radio-Research-sports a different picture of support signed by the clubs: fan club of the Eintracht Frankfurt, Hamburger SV, Werder Bremen and 1 were.FC Cologne is positive to the cooperation. Criticism comes from supporters ' clubs of FC Bayern Munich and 1.FC Nürnberg.

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