Adelaide United midfielder Josh Cavallo has come out as gay, becoming the only known current male top-flight professional footballer in the world to be out.
The 21-year-old revealed this in an emotional video posted on the clubs social media.”I’m a footballer and I’m gay.
I’m tired of this double life and I have been fighting my sexuality for over six years now. All I want to do is play football and be treated equally.
Adelaide United midfielder Josh Cavallo became the only known current top-flight male football player in the world to come out as gay on Wednesday.
In an emotional and widely-praised video, he said was done with feeling ashamed about his sexuality and the exhaustion of trying to live a ‘double-life’.
‘I’m a footballer and I’m gay,’ the 21-year-old said in the clip posted on Adelaide’s social media and in a statement posted to his Instagram page, drawing support from fellow professionals across the world.
All I want to do is play football and be treated equally,’ he said.
Taking to Twitter, former England striker and BBC Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker led an outpouring of public support for the player, saying he is hopeful Cavallo’s actions will ‘erase the fear others may have’ of coming out as gay.
Joshua John Cavallo (born 13 November 1999) is an Australian professional association footballer who plays as a left back and central midfielder for Adelaide United. Cavallo has represented the Australian under-20 national team.