Czech Republic midfielder and La Liga footballer Jakub Jankto has come out as gay.
The 27-year-old is the highest-profile current male footballer to publicly come out after Josh Cavallo of Adelaide United and Jake Daniels of Blackpool revealed their sexuality in 2021 and 2022 respectively.
‘Hi, I’m Jakub Jankto,’ he said in a video published . ‘Like everybody else, I have my strengths, I have my weaknesses; I have a family, I have my friends.
‘I have a job, which I have been doing it as best as I can, for years, with seriousness, professionalism and passion.
‘Like everybody else, I also want to live my life in freedom without fear, without prejudice, without violence, but with love.
‘I am homosexual, and I no longer want to hide myself.’
Sparta Prague, who signed Jankto on loan last summer, have expressed their support of the midfielder in a statement.
‘Jakub spoke openly about his sexual orientation with the club some time ago,’ the club said.
‘Everything else concerns his personal life. No further comments. No more questions. You have our support. Live your life, Jacob. Nothing else matters.’
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