Czech football star Jakub Jankto has develop into the primary energetic worldwide males’s participant to announce he’s homosexual.
“Like all people else, I’ve my strengths, I’ve my weaknesses; I’ve a household, I’ve my pals,” Jankto stated in a video launched on social media Monday.
“I’ve a job, which I’ve been doing it as finest as I can, for years, with seriousness, professionalism and keenness. Like all people else, I additionally wish to reside my life in freedom with out fears, with out prejudice, with out violence, however with love.
“I’m gay, and I now not wish to cover myself.”
The 27-year-old midfielder is presently on mortgage at Sparta Prague from Spanish membership Getafe.
The Czechia-based crew posted an announcement in assist of the participant, writing: “Jakub Jankto spoke brazenly about his sexual orientation with the membership’s administration, coach and teammates a while in the past.
“No additional feedback. No extra questions. You will have our assist. Dwell your life, Jakub. Nothing else issues.”
In a present of assist, Getafe wrote: “Our most respect and unconditional assist for our footballer, Jakub Jankto.”
Jankto has performed 45 occasions for his nation since making his debut in 2017, scoring 4 targets.
Footballing organizations additionally expressed their assist for Jankto. UEFA, European soccer’s governing physique, wrote: “Nicely finished, Jakub. You’re a real inspiration, and European soccer is with you!”
Fifpro, the worldwide union for gamers, tweeted: “Dwell your life, Jakub. Proud.”
Jankto joins Australian participant Josh Cavallo as the one brazenly homosexual top-flight male footballers on the earth. Jake Daniels, an 18-year-old striker for Blackpool in England’s second tier, got here out in Could 2022.
Thomas Hitzlsperger, a midfielder who performed for Germany 52 occasions, got here out after retiring.