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Oliver Kahn advises against coming out to footballers
(Blogmensgo, September 18, 2013) Oliver Kahn, 44 years and retired spikes for five years, recommends that gay footballers stay in the closet to avoid any untoward consequence of coming out in mid-career.
In an interview on September 10, 2013 the German magazine Gala , Oliver Kahn explains why football stadiums are not yet ready to welcome openly gay players.
In intermezzo, a small retrospective of Oliver Kahn in his works - and in front of goal:
A footballer announced his homosexuality? "As sad as it sounds, I would not advise him to his coming out," warns immediately Oliver Kahn . Although he acknowledges, homosexuality no longer a problem in today's society. "But it would be naive to believe that such is the case in a professional sport. A player who should come out of the closet face every Saturday at the stadium, hostile fans. "
One was nicknamed the Titan when guarding the goals Nationalmanschaft explains how the superheated atmosphere of stadiums and rivalries of any kind are "likely to lead to very ugly action" against players who do not hide their homosexuality. Himself, we remember, had once been welcomed by throwing bananas after the press had emphasized his physical blond gorilla.
Kahn and to ask what impact would a coming out on relationships with sponsors and following the career of the footballer. All rhetorical questions he replied that "all this makes the situation more difficult than it appears at first sight."
Statements Oliver Kahn then act as the German federation has launched a very ostensible campaign against homophobia in football.
Comment. translation for those who are not equipped in German: "If he wants to be happy on a football field, it is better for gay footballer he leaves his homosexuality in the closet of the locker room and he closes double-locked the padlock. "
Two goalkeepers of the national team and Bayern Munich have already spoken on the suitability for a footballer out of the closet during their career. Oliver Kahn highly recommend (see above), while his equally talented younger brother, Manuel Neuer, called a generalized coming out.For the record, both men impressive physical and mental strength have built a solid reputation for serial lover (female).
My darling Philip Lahm, behind the Nationalmanschaft, had informed the meantime it was not appropriate for gay footballers to come out.
This article has been translated from our French blog, to view the original, click here.