Czech footballer Jakub Jankto turns into first lively worldwide males’s participant to announce he’s homosexual | CNN


Czech soccer star Jakub Jankto has turn into the primary lively worldwide males’s participant to announce he’s homosexual.

“Like everyone else, I’ve my strengths, I’ve my weaknesses; I’ve a household, I’ve my associates,” Jankto stated in a video launched on social media Monday.

“I’ve a job, which I’ve been doing it as greatest as I can, for years, with seriousness, professionalism and keenness. Like everyone else, I additionally wish to stay my life in freedom with out fears, with out prejudice, with out violence, however with love.

“I’m gay, and I not wish to cover myself.”

The 27-year-old midfielder is presently on mortgage at Sparta Prague from Spanish membership Getafe.

The Czechia-based workforce posted an announcement in help 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 could have our help. Reside your life, Jakub. Nothing else issues.”

In a present of help, Getafe wrote: “Our most respect and unconditional help for our footballer, Jakub Jankto.”

Jankto has performed 45 occasions for his nation since making his debut in 2017, scoring 4 objectives.

Footballing organizations additionally expressed their help for Jankto. UEFA, European soccer’s governing physique, wrote: “Properly executed, Jakub. You’re a real inspiration, and European soccer is with you!”

Fifpro, the worldwide union for gamers, tweeted: “Reside 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.