'The Gay Footballer' deletes twitter account

by Reuters
Wednesday, 24 July 2019 08:18 GMT

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A Twitter account claiming to be from a football player preparing to come out as gay was deleted

July 24 (Reuters) - A Twitter account, which claimed to be from a soccer player who was preparing to come out as gay, has been deleted.
The anonymous account 'The Gay Footballer' had stated a news conference would be held on Wednesday where he would come out publicly as a "proud, confident, gay professional footballer".

There are no openly gay male players in professional football in England.

A message was posted to the account saying "I thought I was stronger. I was wrong" before it was deleted.

The account had attracted over 50,000 followers.

(Reporting by Simon Evans, editing by Nick Mulvenney)

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