Jakub Jankto the Czech footballer revealed that. He is very happy to now be able to play without hiding or being afraid. After he became the first current international player to publicly come out as gay.
The 27-year-old joined Cagliari on a two-year contract in July. This was revealed in a social media post in February. As he follows Australian Josh Cavallo and Blackpool’s Jake Daniels in sharing their sexuality.
He wrote, “Like everyone else. I want to live a free life Without fear, without prejudice, without violence. But with love I am homosexual And I don’t want to hide myself anymore.”UFABET
Czech star, who split from Marqueta Ottomanska The ex-girlfriend, who has a son together in 2021. Opens up about playing football these days.
Jankto told the BBC.
“It was a big moment for me. But after six or seven months I can tell you it was not a mistake.”
“If I could do it again I will definitely do it. Because it can help itself. And I think it helps a lot of people. It is a big moment for every footballer. And many professional football players from many clubs wrote to me. To thank me for this.”
“I think it’s a good, positive example for everyone. And now I’m really happy to be able to play without hiding or being afraid. I just carried on like nothing happened and that was great.”
“When I entered professional football. Being gay is still considered abnormal. And football is still a bit anti-homosexual. I think so.”
“So I was scared when I was 18 or 19 and I was next to another guy and I couldn’t open WhatsApp messages. Because I was always afraid that someone might see a message or a photo from a guy. But it’s what… I have to do it to get better.”
“I thought to myself, ‘Okay, look, Jakub, you’re a professional footballer. But you have a life that you want to live.’ And for me that’s fundamental.”