Australian footballer Josh Cavallo becomes first openly gay male player in professional game

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Australian professional footballer Josh Cavallo has publicly declared that he is gay, adding that he wants to show that “everyone is welcome in football”.

Adelaide United midfielder Cavallo, who represented Australia at under-20 level, becomes the only known top male footballer to be absent.

Cavallo broke the news ahead of the new A-League season in a lengthy social media post.

The 21-year-old said it was “amazing to know that there are no professional gay footballers who actively play” and that he wanted to show “other people who identify as LGBTQ + that they are welcome to the football community “.

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Cavallo was praised by players of Australia’s National Women’s Team, Chelsea’s Sam Kerr tweeted “Good for you” and Arsenal’s Caitlin Foord adding: “Respect, the strength to speak out and make who you own are.”

In his post, Cavallo said: “As a closed gay footballer, I have had to learn to hide my feelings in order to fit into the mold of a professional footballer.

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“Growing up being gay and playing football were just two worlds that had never crossed paths before. In football you only have a small window to achieve greatness, and going out publicly can have a negative impact. on a career.

“As a gay footballer I know there are other players who live in silence. I want to help change that, show that everyone is welcome in football and deserves the right to be him – even authentic. “

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