Liam Davis, a midfielder for the mid-tier U.K. football club Gainsborough Trinity, came out of the closet publicly on Saturday?in an interview in the?Lincolnshire Echo:
Gainsborough Trinity winger Liam Davis hopes that coming out as a gay footballer will make others feel confident to do the same.
The 23-year-old was talking after news that former German international and Aston Villa star Thomas Hitzlsperger revealed he was gay following his retirement from the game.
Davis said, aside from himself, he is unaware of any other footballers currently playing who are gay, but hopes that more feel comfortable to follow in his footsteps before his own career is over.
?There is none that I know of,? said Davis. ?I thought about it the other day, they believe that five percent of the population is gay, so if you halve that for gender, that means there is 2.5 per cent gay men.
?Now, with football played so much from the top level down to non-league, there has to be more than one, statistics say that. So what that says to me there must be some who are not comfortable to come out.
The 23-year-old footballer told the paper that last week coming out of professional soccer player Thomas Hitzlsperger inspired to do the same.