In the underground. Why football is not the place for gays

In the underground. Why football is not the place for gays

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Svyatoslav Vasylyk surprised Thomas Hitzlsperger recognition to gay, but I am sure that his example will be followed by very few people.

What do you think, what is the main event of the beginning of the year in world sport? Okay, let’s not the point, but most discussed after the fall of Schumacher. Gay revelations of the former German national team player and champion of the Bundesliga in the “Stuttgart” Thomas Hitzlsperger got a huge response, and wrote about it for a long time discussing all sports media. Not surprising, because for athletes is the first world-scale such a statement from the time of Martina Navratilova and Greg Louganis. And in football Cuming-outs from the player of this level did not exist ever. Do not assume, as the stars once confessed Justin Fashanu, Robbie Rogers and Anton Hyusena.

Press found in the act of Thomas Hitzlsperger bit of everything. And self-promotion, and the desire to remind myself, and even sincere desire to tell the world about the personal drama – because of the awareness of their own homosexuality, he broke up with a girl, a month before the wedding. Thomas immediately supported by FIFA, the legendary Gary Lineker, many other colleagues and even Joey Barton, a kind of image of the hard guy in football. But so far no one has agreed with the main idea Hitzlsperger – his recognition he urged gay footballers not hesitate, massively out of hiding and publicly talk about their sexual orientation. And said: “Now they have my example.”

Football manages to remain one of the most conservative views, despite collapsing on him commercialization and glamor. He’s just not ready for such drastic changes within yourself

Although there are serious doubts that someone will use an example. Football – a team sport. It’s not figure skating or diving, where you are alone, you have an undeniable personal space. Here we have to get along with three dozen straight, and not all of them will be willing to calmly accept your sexual preference. Any daredevil is lots of inconveniences and absurdities – from podkolok jokes and banal unwillingness to bathe in one soul and celebrate goals with open arms. Even harder to have such a player in the relations with the press and fans. First twitched questions on personal life, well, the latter may even break a man. Still, netraditsional composed opponent – it’s what freedom for fantasy fans, among them no less homophobic than racist. Famous Italian Damiano Tommasi player a year ago, said this: “On homosexuality in football is still a taboo. This sport athletes practically live with each other. In our world there is no place embarrassment, but I would not recommend to declare their sexual orientation.”

Football is the most popular sport, collects most revealing section of society, its majority. And it is not the majority of intellectuals, liberals and other tolerant, tolerant people. More precisely, consists of completely different. And so tightly that football manages to remain one of the most conservative views, despite collapsing on him commercialization and glamor. He’s just not ready for such drastic changes within yourself.

That is why the case with Hitzlsperger will not change anything. Break the system can only great player, icon, which are ready to wear on their hands, no matter what he said or did. The remaining powerless, and do not want to risk the name career compromise club. Hitzlsperger himself, by the way, admitted only four months after the end of a career. All will continue to remain within teams at guesswork and friendly banter. Well, let. Football did not deserve to be loved, depending on the number of gays in it.

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