Gay German soccer player says teammates wore underwear in the shower
A gay German soccer player has told Outsports his teammates wore their underwear in the shower after discovering he was gay.
The player, who uses the alias Nico in the article, plays in Germany's Under 19 Bundesliga.
He initially planned to come out publicly but after the reaction of his teammates has kept his sexual identity closeted as he doesn't want it to affect his future in professional sports.
Nico told Deautche Welle: "By chance the team I was in found out that I was gay. After a training session I walked into the shower and I realised all of my teammates weren't naked, but were wearing underpants. Of course I was totally shocked, and first I didn't know why. Then I slowly realized: It's because of me."
He says at that moment he thought his career was over.
“I didn't want to go to training anymore. But after a week I went back to training. By the end of the season though, I was out of contention because I'd been playing badly. Nevertheless, I thought I'd played a good season. That showed me that being gay just isn't accepted in football. And that won't change in the near future.”
Nico says homophobia is rife in the sport and has gotten worse in the past year since Thomas Hitzlsperger came out. Still despite the constant gay slurs, Nico says he will continue to play his beloved soccer.
“When you play well in a game and the crowd starts cheering your name, there's no better feeling. It wasn't worth throwing that and ten years of training away just because I like men and not women.”
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