Adelaide United participant Josh Cavallo has come out as homosexual, making him the world’s solely present brazenly homosexual male top-flight skilled footballer.
Cavallo made the announcement in a video and open letter on social media.
The A-League star mentioned he was “lastly comfy” talking out and hopes that opening up about his sexuality will encourage others who’re struggling.
The 21-year-old added he had been “residing a double life” and “hiding who I really am”.
“There’s one thing private that I have to share with everybody. I’m a footballer and I’m homosexual,” Cavallo mentioned, in a video posted on Adelaide United’s Twitter account.
The midfielder mentioned that attempting to carry out to one of the best of his potential whereas residing a “double life” was exhausting and that he had spent his life “hiding who I really am” to pursue his dream of turning into an expert footballer.
He additionally posted a private message on his personal social media.
“It has been a journey to get so far in my life, however I could not be happier with my choice to come back out,” he mentioned.
“I’ve been combating my sexuality for six years now and I am glad I can put that to relaxation.
“Rising up I all the time felt the necessity to conceal myself as a result of I used to be ashamed – ashamed I’d by no means be capable of do what I liked and be homosexual.
“Rising up being homosexual and enjoying soccer have been simply two worlds that hadn’t crossed paths earlier than.”
In 2019, former Newcastle Jets participant Andy Brennan turned Australia’s first skilled male footballer to come back out whereas nonetheless within the recreation. He now performs for semi-professional aspect Hume Metropolis.
A number of top-flight footballers have come out as soon as their enjoying careers have been over.
Former Aston Villa, Stuttgart, West Ham and Everton participant Thomas Hitzlsperger is among the many most high-profile former gamers to be brazenly homosexual, having come out publicly the 12 months after he retired.
Former Leeds United participant Robbie Rogers additionally introduced he was homosexual when retiring in 2013, earlier than returning to the sport with LA Galaxy and successful the MLS Cup. In doing so he turned the primary brazenly homosexual male athlete to win a significant skilled workforce sports activities title in the USA.
Cavallo mentioned he anxious popping out might need a detrimental impact on his profession and added that, as a homosexual footballer, he knew of “different gamers residing in silence”.
“I need to assist change this,” he mentioned. “I need to present that everybody is welcome within the recreation of soccer and deserves the appropriate to be their genuine self.
“It’s astonishing to know that there are presently no homosexual skilled footballers who’re out and actively enjoying, not solely in Australia, however world wide. Hopefully it will change within the close to future.”
The Adelaide midfielder has obtained an amazing response because the video was posted on the membership’s official Twitter web page on Wednesday, with many praising the teenager for his braveness.
Chief government Nathan Kosima and coach Carl Veart each expressed their pleasure in Cavallo’s announcement, with assistant coach, Ross Aloisi including that it was clear Cavallo was residing with an “unbelievable burden”, and to see him come out made him “happy with how courageous a person” he’s.