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Watch Video: Former Aston Villa Player Thomas Hitzlsperger Reveals He is Gay


Thomas Hitzlsperger, the former Aston Villa, Everton, West Ham and Germany midfielder, has become the first Premier League player and highest-profile footballer to announce he is gay.

The 31-year-old, who won 52 caps for Germany and also played for West Ham and Everton, came out as gay in newspaper Die Zeit earlier this week.

He adds there is a long way to go for gay footballers because people “fear the reaction” of coming out.

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