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Ex-Germany midfielder Hitzlsperger says he's gay

08 January 2014, 16:43

Berlin - Former Germany midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger has announced he is gay.

Hitzlsperger says in an interview published by Die Zeit newspaper on Wednesday, "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."

Hitzlsperger played 52 games for Germany from 2004-11. He also played for Aston Villa, Stuttgart, Lazio and Wolfsburg.

He tells Die Zeit, "Only in the last few years did it dawn on me that I would rather live with a man."

- AP

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