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Comment: Thomas Hitzlsperger has made a giant stride in moving the debate about homosexuality in football forward

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The former midfielder, who was capped 52 times by Germany, has received widespread support

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Thomas Hitzlsperger reveals he is gay, with the former Aston Villa and Germany international declaring: 'I have never been ashamed'

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