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German Footballer Mario Gomez Says Gay Players Should Come Out

Bayern Munich footballer Mario Gomez is making headlines for telling a German magazine that gay footballers should come out of the closet, the Guardian reports:

Gomez Gomez, who has not said whether he is gay, told a German magazine that being honest about their sexuality would improve gay players' performance.

"They would play as if they had been liberated," Gomez said. "Being gay should no longer be a taboo topic."

The 25-year-old, who was voted German footballer of the year in 2006-7, added that there were plenty of role models in the rest of German society to give gay players the courage to come out. "We've got a gay vice-chancellor [Guido Westerwelle]; the Berlin mayor [Klaus Wowereit] is gay. So professional footballers should own up to their preference," he said.

There are no openly gay players in Germany's Bundesliga, reflecting the situation across the football world, although it is estimated that about 10% of players are gay.

German football was last in the news shortly after the world cup when sports agent Michael Becker attributed the elegant style of the national team to the fact that "a bunch" of its players are gay.

Becker responded to the controversy: "Becker has neither denied nor confirmed that he made the comments, but has since said he was 'misunderstood' and that the interview was not 'authorised', a common journalistic practice in Germany whereby the interviewee has the right to change his remarks after the interview. Osang said he stood by his article, saying that Becker had told him 'unbelievable stories that I took down in my notebook and Becker didn't seem to have anything against me doing so'."

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  1. Lol, I would like to see the 10% of footballers are gay math.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Nov 12, 2010 9:27:40 AM


  2. And the word chanted in unison: "Please let it be Podolski! Please let it be Podolski! Please let it be Podolski!"

    Posted by: HyperVocal | Nov 12, 2010 9:30:15 AM


  3. You'd think if Gomez was gay himself he'd say so when bringing it up, kind of lame if he was and did not admit it if he was. My feeling is he knows many and is just trying to build support for them.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Nov 12, 2010 9:46:25 AM


  4. I want Miroslav Klose. But I'd take Podolski. Or Schweinsteiger! Hell, can I just have the entire German national team tag-team me?

    Posted by: crispy | Nov 12, 2010 9:54:13 AM


  5. I have my fav. players I would like to think are gay. BUT I wish all gay players - good looking and not so good looking - could come out and we would have equal joy to all of them for being true role models for young gays.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Nov 12, 2010 10:13:59 AM


  6. Hmph....
    Judging by the looks of Mario here, if he'd offer up a 'freebie' to the first 'out' baller, I'd think we'd find some takers...!

    I'd definitely come out (again!) for a shot at that....! o_O

    Posted by: Terrance | Nov 12, 2010 11:16:04 AM


  7. Mario Gomez huh? Yeah! That's what I'm talkin about! NICEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

    Posted by: ratbastard | Nov 12, 2010 12:59:08 PM


  8. I like to see more of Mr Gomez...

    Posted by: jaragon | Nov 12, 2010 5:50:15 PM


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