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Hitzlsperger hopes to make coming out easier
The Associated Press
2014-01-09

In this picture taken Oct. 14, 2009 Germany's Thomas Hitzlsperger waits during the national anthem prior the World Cup Group 4 qualifying soccer match between Germany and Finland in Hamburg, northern Germany. Former Germany midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger announced he is gay on Wednesday Jan. 8, 2014 , becoming likely the most prominent footballer yet to break a long-standing taboo within the sport. Hitzlsperger says in an interview given to Die Zeit newspaper, "I am expressing my sexuality because I want to promote the discussion of homosexuality among professional athletes." The 31-year-old says he felt now was the right time, four months after retirement following a career in England, Italy and Germany, to approach a subject he feels is "simply ignored." (AP Photo/Joerg Sarbach)

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