KEY POINTS

  • Josh Cavallo's admission makes him the first active soccer player to come out as gay
  • He follows in the footsteps of current and former players from other sports like Jason Collins and Carl Nassib
  • Discrimination has been a big problem in the soccer world, and his admission is a major step forward

Australian football star Josh Cavallo recently came out as gay, and the scene is more than happy to support his decision.

In a four-photo Twitter post, the 21-year-old central midfielder from Adelaide United shared his story to the world.

“I am proud to publicly announce that I am gay. It’s been a journey to get to this point in my life, but I couldn’t be any happier with my decision to come out. I have been fighting my sexuality for over six years now, and I’m glad I can put that to rest,” said Cavallo.

He recounted his journey to making the decision as he felt a disconnect between being gay and being a soccer player, admitting that coming out could play a negative impact on his career.

However, support came flooding in from all sides after his admission.

Football Australia posted a tweet in support of him, acknowledging that his admission will send ripples throughout the sport.

Liverpool and Barcelona shared similar sentiments on their respective Twitter pages.

Legendary Barcelona center-back Gerard Pique also tweeted his support, mentioning that Cavallo’s bravery will help move the sport forward.

Cavallo is not the only active professional athlete in a major sports league to come out as gay in recent memory.

In June, Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib also admitted that he was gay, making him the first active NFL player to come out.

Following the 2012-13 NBA season, center Jason Collins also came out of the closet and was featured on the 2014 June cover of Time Magazine as part of the “100 Most Influential People in the World”.

Homophobia has been rampant within soccer and among its fans, but Cavallo’s admission is a major step towards opening the door for athletes to be true to who they are without fear of discrimination.

View Cavallo’s full statement on Adelaide United’s Twitter account below.