And another high-profile footballer comes out of the closet
A young footballer with a famous father has become the first high-profile Swedish footballer to announce that he is gay. Anton Hysen, who plays for Utsiktens BK, made the announcement in a magazine interview.
Hysen told Offside magazine that it was “f***** up” that no other Swedish player had come out yet.
He said: “I am a footballer. And gay. If I perform as a footballer, then I do not think it matters if I like girls or boys.”
As yet, no top footballer in this country has come out, despite major stars in other sports doing so.
Welsh rugby favourite Gareth Thomas and England cricketer Steve Davies are among those to have declared that they are gay.
Hysen admitted that his announcement could affect his career, but added: “People may call me anything they want, it will just make me even more psyched.”
Anton’s father Glenn joined Liverpool in 1989, and helped the Reds to their 18th league title in his first season. He left the Merseyside giants in 1992.