10 Feb '11, 2am

German keeper Manuel Neuer urged gay football players to come out, saying performance, not sexuality, was what mattered

German keeper Manuel Neuer urged gay football players to come out, saying performance, not sexuality, was what mattered

German international goalkeeper Manuel Neuer (above) expressed his desire on Wednesday for homosexual footballers to go public over their sexuality. -- PHOTO: AFP BERLIN - GERMAN international goalkeeper Manuel Neuer expressed his desire on Wednesday for homosexual footballers to go public over their sexuality adding it would take a load off their minds. The 24-year-old Schalke 04 star told Bunte magazine that supporters didn't care about a player's sexuality, only how he performed on the pitch. 'Yes, those who are homosexual should say so. That would take a load off their minds,' said Neuer, who had an outstanding World Cup last year which saw the Germans finish third. 'And the fans would get over it quickly. What is important to them, is the performances on the pitch of the player, not his sexual preferences.' Neuer's plea is rare in football where homosexuality is regar...

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