A German footballer has come out anonymously on Reddit, said he has a fake girlfriend, and explained why he’s going to stay closeted.
The professional footballer said he plays in the third tier of the football league, and earns around €9,000 ($10,000) a month, and is between the ages of 20 and 25.
He has promised to provide a copy of his contract on Monday as proof. So, until that point, this is unable to be verified.
‘Yes,’ he said in response to whether he uses Grindr or other gay dating apps. ‘I don’t use face pics.
‘I try and find out if the guy is vaguely interested in football, and if he is, I don’t go there.’
He said he has never had a boyfriend and has not told his teammates or family about his sexuality.
‘Sometimes at night I miss someone to fall asleep with,’ he said.
The striker named Manuel Neuer, Joshua Kimmich and Mats Hummels as footballers he finds attractive.
During the Reddit Ask Me Anything, one user asked him why he wouldn’t consider coming out.
‘Honestly, I’ve been thinking about it of course. It would be huge in the media, and I’d probably get some support. But at some point, I’m going to be old news, and I’ll be out,’ he said.
‘And the fans treat us guys differently than those in the top league. It would be a lot harder.’
And one supportive soccer fan said: ‘If you were a good player, it would not matter at all whether you’re heterosexual or homosexual’.
He responded: ‘Thank you very much.’