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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

German captain Lahm warns gays against coming out

Via AFP:

German captain Lahm warns gays against coming out

Germany captain and Bayern Munich star Philipp Lahm has advised gay professional footballers against outing themselves, in an interview with German magazine Bunte.

"For someone who does, it would be very difficult," the 27-year-old defender said.

"An openly gay footballer would be exposed to abusive comments."

But Lahm insists he would feel comfortable playing alongside a gay teammate. "I have no problems with homosexuals whatsoever," he insisted.

Lahm's comments are likely to land him in hot water with the German Football Federation (DFB) -- especially president Theo Zwanziger who has called for gay footballers to come out and promised the federation's help.

"I would find it brave and would welcome it if a football player would come out," Zwanziger said in March. "He would had the support of the DFB and from me."

Lahm's sentiments are not shared by some of his national team-mates.Last November, Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez gave an interview -- also to Bunte -- where he urged gay footballers to come out of the closet.

"They would play as if they had been liberated. Being gay should no longer be a taboo topic," said Gomez, the German league's top-scorer last season.

He added that there were plenty of role models in German society to inspire gay players to come out including Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle and Berlin mayor Klaus Wowereit.

And Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who plays for Champions League semi-finalists Schalke 04, has also said homosexual footballers should feel free to go public.

Our reaction: while there may be truth in Lahm's warnings about the consequences for a player who comes out, he might better have said what he would do to support and help any player willing to take that risk.

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