Czech worldwide midfielder Jakub Jankto stated on Tuesday (AEDT) that he was homosexual in an emotional video on his Twitter account.
“I’m gay and I not need to disguise myself,” Jankto stated in English.
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Only a handful of high gamers have publicly come out as homosexual whereas nonetheless enjoying.
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 aspect Blackpool in May 2022.
Jankto, a 27-year-old winger on mortgage at Czech top-flight aspect Sparta Prague from Getafe, turned the primary participant connected to a membership in La Liga to return out.
“Like all people else, I additionally need 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 informed the membership and his teammates about his sexual orientation.
Jakub Jankto got here out as homosexual in an emotional put up on social media. (Photo by David Lidstrom/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
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“Jakub Jankto spoke overtly about his sexual orientation with the membership’s administration, coach and teammates a while in the past,” stated the membership on Twitter.
“Everything else considerations his private life. No additional feedback. No extra questions.
“You have our assist. Live your life, Jakub. Nothing else issues.” Getafe additionally provided their assist.
“Our most respect and unconditional assist to our footballer Jakub Jankto,” wrote the Madrid aspect on Twitter.
The high soccer our bodies additionally threw their assist behind Jankto, identical to a number of soccer golf equipment.
“We’re all with you, Jakub. Football is for everybody,” tweeted FIFA.
“Well accomplished, Jakub. You’re a real inspiration, and European soccer is with you!” stated UEFA.
“Proud of 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 objectives for the Czech nationwide group.
He has a three-year-old son, David, along with his ex-girlfriend with whom he broke up in 2021.
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