Jankto, who is now playing for Sparta Prague while on loan from Getafe, came out as gay in a post that he made on Twitter. In the tweet, he said, “I no longer want to hide.” The 27-year-old midfielder has 45 caps for his country and has played for Sampdoria and Udinese in Italy in the past. He is now playing for his country.
“Hello, my name is Jakub Jankto,” he stated in a video posted to Twitter. I have my talents and flaws just like everyone else. My family and friends are here for me. I work a job, and I’ve been doing it seriously, professionally, and passionately for years.
Like everyone else, I desire to live in freedom, without prejudice, fear, or violence, but rather with love. I no longer want to disguise the fact that I am gay. This is not entertainment, as stated in a statement at the conclusion of the film. This video is intended to inspire people.
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Is Jakub Jankto Gay?
Jankto follows in the footsteps of Blackpool’s Jake Daniels, the only other active British male player to come out as gay, and Australian Josh Cavallo, who made his s*xual orientation public in 2021. Supportive comments poured in shortly after Jankto’s post, with Sparta Prague tweeting: “Jakub Jankto has already spoken freely about his s*xual orientation with the club’s management, coach, and teammates.”
The rest are matters of his private life. None more to say. Stop asking questions. We are behind you. Jakub, live your life. Nothing else is important. We’re with you, Jakub, the Premier League tweeted in response to Jankto. There is football for everyone.
“Well said, Jakub,” the Professional Footballers’ Association continued. We’re all behind you!” said the players’ union FIFPRO, adding: “Jakub, live your life. Proud.”
A History-making Moment for Men’s Football
“The men’s game is experiencing a momentous occasion. Jakub is the first senior international athlete who is openly gay or bis*xual. That is a hugely important time for football all by itself.
“I believe that many people are aware of male footballers coming out over the years, but for him to do so at the top level and at the age of 27, after earning over 40 international caps for his nation, is a moment that will forever change his life. It also ushers the men’s game into a new era of understanding what it’s like to be gay or bis*xual and play at that level.
“Jakub has exploited the power of social media to get his message through and it’s already having a significant impact,” says the speaker.
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