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German Soccer Official Asks Gay Players to Come Out

German Soccer Official Asks Gay Players to Come Out

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Outgoing German soccer federation president Theo Zwanziger has asked gay players to come out and "have the courage to declare themselves."

Zwanziger spoke at a Tuesday conference organized by the soccer federation and said although it may be difficult to come out as a member of a team, society is more understanding than even a few years ago. There are currently no openly gay players in Germany's professional leagues.

Philipp Lahm, a captain for the German national team, disagreed, saying he didn't "think that the society is that far ahead that it can accept homosexual players as something normal [in soccer]."

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