Gay activist Martin Endemann speaks to DW's Journal about German footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger's decision to come out and what it means for the sport.
Former Germany player Thomas Hitzlsperger has called on members of the national team to speak out more on social issues. Hitzlsperger, who came out after his playing career ended, is the DFB's diversity ambassador.
Former Germany star Thomas Hitzlsperger remains one of the few footballers to have come out as gay. In an exclusive interview with DW, he explains that gay footballers still face many barriers to acceptance.
Organizers of a gay pride parade in Istanbul had said they would go ahead with a march despite a ban. But using tear gas and rubber bullets, police prevented large numbers of people from gathering together.
Thousands of seats remained empty when Germany faced England in Dortmund. Germany's national team manager, Oliver Bierhoff, thinks too much football is having a negative effect on the game.
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