Czech worldwide midfielder Jakub Jankto stated on Monday that he was homosexual in an emotional video on his Twitter account. “I’m gay and I now not wish to disguise myself,” Jankto stated in English.
Solely a handful of prime gamers have publicly come out as homosexual whereas nonetheless taking part in.
Justin Fashanu got here out in 1990. Josh Cavallo, at Adelaide United, got here out in October 2021 and Jake Daniels did so at English facet Blackpool in Might 2022.
Jankto, a 27-year-old winger on mortgage at Czech top-flight facet Sparta Prague from Getafe, turned the primary participant connected to a membership in La Liga to come back out.
“Like all people else, I additionally wish to stay my life in freedom, with out fears, with out prejudice, with out violence, or with love,” he added.
“I’ve a job and I’ve been doing it as finest as I can for years, with seriousness, professionalism and fervour,” stated Jankto.
Sparta Prague stated Jankto had beforehand advised the membership and his team-mates about his sexual orientation.
“Jakub Jankto spoke brazenly about his sexual orientation with the membership’s administration, coach and teammates a while in the past,” stated the membership on Twitter.
“All the things else considerations his private life. No additional feedback. No extra questions.
“You may have our assist. Dwell your life, Jakub. Nothing else issues.”
Getafe additionally supplied their assist.
“Our most respect and unconditional assist to our footballer Jakub Jankto,” wrote the Madrid facet on Twitter.
The highest soccer our bodies additionally threw their assist behind Jankto, identical to a number of soccer golf equipment.
“We’re all with you, Jakub. Soccer is for everybody,” tweeted FIFA.
We’re all with you, Jakub. Soccer is for everybody 🏳️🌈❤️
— FIFA (@FIFAcom) February 13, 2023
“Properly finished, Jakub. You’re a real inspiration, and European soccer is with you!” stated UEFA.
“Pleased with you, Jakub!” tweeted La Liga leaders Barcelona.
Jankto, who has additionally performed for Udinese and Sampdoria in Serie A, has performed 45 video games and scored 4 targets for the Czech nationwide workforce.
He has a three-year-old son, David, along with his ex-girlfriend with whom he broke up in 2021.
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