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A-League player Cavallo comes out as gay

Adelaide United player Josh Cavallo has come out as gay, making him the world’s only current openly gay male top-flight professional footballer.

Cavallo made the announcement in a video and open letter on social media.

The A-League star said he was “finally comfortable” speaking out and hopes that opening up about his sexuality will inspire others who are struggling.

The 21-year-old added he had been “living a double life” and “hiding who I truly am”.

“There’s something personal that I need to share with everyone. I am a footballer and I am gay,” Cavallo said, in a video posted on Adelaide United’s Twitter account.

“I have been fighting my sexuality for six years now and I’m glad I can put that to rest.

“Growing up I always felt the need to hide myself because I was ashamed – ashamed I would never be able to do what I loved and be gay.

“Growing up being gay and playing football were just two worlds that hadn’t crossed paths before.”

The world governing body for football, FIFA, released a statement in support of Cavallo, saying: “We are proud of you. Your words will be an inspiration and support to so many.”

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