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German Footballer Urges Players to Come Out of the Closet


German goalie Manuel Neuer says it's time for gay footballers to come out, Sport 24 reports:

The 24-year-old Schalke 04 star told Bunte magazine that supporters didn't care about a player's sexuality, only how he performed on the pitch.

"Yes, those who are homosexual should say so. That would take a load off their minds," said Neuer, who had an outstanding World Cup last year which saw the Germans finish third.

"And the fans would get over it quickly. What is important to them, is the performances on the pitch of the player, not his sexual preferences."

Neuer's plea is rare in football where homosexuality is regarded as a taboo subject, on several occasions Bundesliga players have spoken in the press anonymously about the difficulties they faced hiding the fact that they are homosexual.

Neuer, who plays for the football club, Schalke 04, was selected as the German team's #1 goalkeeper for the FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

Neuer is not the first German footballer to urge players to come out. Last November, Bayern Munich player Mario Gomez expressed a similar sentiment.

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

You may also recall controversial remarks made by football agent Michael Becker, who made sports headlines across Germany after an interview was published in which he attributed the elegant style of the World Cup team to the fact that "a bunch" of its players are gay.

Becker later walked back the comments, saying he was "misunderstood."

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  1. A beautiful young man.

    Posted by: willie t boned | Feb 9, 2011 9:59:29 AM

  2. Der ist ja einfach zu heiss.

    Posted by: joe | Feb 9, 2011 10:21:15 AM

  3. I didn't realize the guy from Glee play soccer for Germany.

    Posted by: Name: | Feb 9, 2011 10:54:24 AM

  4. I know he's just waiting for the ball, but a German with his hand held out like that makes me go straight to nazi. But he'd make one sexy nazi.

    Posted by: Jon B | Feb 9, 2011 12:31:18 PM

  5. Jon B, you're a moron. He's a goalie. He's supposed to use his hands. And get over the Nazi jokes. He's young and his generation has nothing to do with that era.

    If we're going to resort to this level, I'd say leave the Germans alone: they're too busy bailing out Greece and all the other losers of the EU.

    Posted by: Brian | Feb 9, 2011 1:07:56 PM

  6. Never heard of him. googled. He's a 10.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Feb 9, 2011 1:38:10 PM

  7. That boy has the most kissable lips.

    Posted by: jaragon | Feb 9, 2011 6:03:39 PM

  8. He said a players' sexual preference? Idiot!

    It's more than sex! It's love which is the most important part of a relationship.

    Posted by: J | Mar 10, 2011 12:32:40 PM

  9. Maybe I missed something here, but is he admitting he is gay?

    Posted by: Paul | Mar 10, 2011 5:04:17 PM

  10. J, you are the idiot! He is doing his best to be supportive of gay rights.

    Posted by: Gabe R L | Apr 9, 2011 11:41:47 AM

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