Bayern Munich star encourages gay colleagues to come out
Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez has urged gay colleagues to come out.
German international Gomez, 25, said homosexuality was treated as a “taboo topic” in mens’ sports.
No active professional has ever come out publicly in Germany, a trend mirrored across the footballing world that Gomez urged his fellow players to buck.
“They would then play as though they’d been unshackled,” Gomez told German celebrity magazine Bunte.
Die Zeit, a leading German newspaper, said it was an open secret that there were homosexual footballers in the Bundesliga.
“We have a gay Vice-Chancellor, Berlin’s mayor is gay – professional football players should commit to their inclination,” Gomez said.
Gomez, a former German soccer player of the year who has scored 14 goals in 44 games for his country, is probably the most high-profile player to address the issue to date.
His stance contradicted international teammate Tim Wiese who warned in April that any gay player who revealed his sexuality would be ridiculed by “merciless fans”.
On top of that, Philipp Lahm told Playboy last year that the pressure would be too great for players to be openly homosexual.