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Czech International Midfielder Jankto Comes Out As Gay

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Czech international midfielder, Jakub Jankto publicly announced that he was gay.

The football player made the declaration in an emotional video on his Twitter account on Monday. He explained that it became imperative for him to come out because he could no longer hide his identity.

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“I am homosexual and I no longer want to hide myself,” Jankto said in English.

Only a handful of top players have had the courage to publicly come out as gay while still playing. Justin Fashanu came out in 1990. Josh Cavallo, at Adelaide United, came out in October 2021 and Jake Daniels did so at English side Blackpool in May 2022.

Jankto, a 27-year-old winger on loan at Czech top-flight side Sparta Prague from Getafe, became the first player attached to a club in La Liga to come out.

“Like everybody else, I also want to live my life in freedom, without fears, without prejudice, without violence, or with love.”

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“I have a job and I have been doing it as best as I can for years, with seriousness, professionalism and passion Jankto.”

Sparta Prague said Jankto had previously told the club and his team-mates about his sexual orientation.

“Jakub Jankto spoke openly about his sexual orientation with the club’s management, coach and teammates some time ago. Everything else concerns his personal life. No further comments. No more questions. You have our support. Live your life, Jakub. Nothing else matters.”

Getafe also offered their  full support.

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