German Footballer Tells Gay Players To Come Out…
A top- soccer player stuck the boot into homophobia on Wednesday when he urged gay colleagues to come out of the closet, Die Zeit reported.
Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez , 25 — a major star of international and club soccer — said homosexuality was treated as a “taboo topic” in mens’ sports.
No active professional has ever come out publicly in Germany, a trend mirrored across the soccer world that Gomez urged his fellow players to buck.
“They would then play as though they’d been unshackled,” Gomez told German celebrity magazine Bunte.
Die Ziet said it was an open secret that there were homosexual footballers in the country’s premier soccer league, the Bundesliga.
“We have a gay Vice-Chancellor, Berlin’s mayor is gay … professional football players should commit to their inclination,” Gomez said, referring to openly gay lawmakers Guido Westerwelle and Klaus Wowereit.
Gomez, a former German soccer player of the year who has scored 14 goals in 44 games for his country, is probably the most high-profile player to address the issue to date.