Barrier broken as A-League player comes out

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Adelaide United midfielder Josh Cavallo has made past today, becoming the archetypal openly cheery antheral footballer successful the apical division.

Cavallo announced this quality connected societal media this afternoon.

Josh Cavallo playing for Adelaide United against Perth Glory. (Getty)

"Today, I'm acceptable to talk astir thing idiosyncratic that I'm yet comfy to speech astir successful my life," helium wrote.

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"I americium arrogant to publically denote that I'm gay."

The 21-year-old antecedently played for Western United, earlier moving to the Reds astatine the commencement of past season, and joins conscionable a fistful of different antheral footballers astir the satellite to travel retired publicly. Even less did truthful portion inactive playing.

Former Newcastle Jets midfielder Andy Brennan came retired successful 2019, and inactive plays successful the Victorian State League, but past played successful the A-League 2 years' anterior to his announcement.

"Growing up, I ever felt the request to fell myself due to the fact that I was ashamed," Cavallo wrote.

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"Ashamed I would ne'er beryllium capable to bash what I loved and beryllium gay. Hiding who I genuinely am, to prosecute a imagination I ever wished for arsenic a kid, to play shot and beryllium treated arsenic ne'er felt similar a reality."

Cavallo's teammate, Ben Halloran, praised the "great courage" needed to marque this announcement.

"Sadly, inactive precise uncommon successful the sporting satellite for men to travel out," Halloran said.

"I'm blessed for Josh that helium feels comfy to unfastened up portion being a portion of Adelaide United.

"Hopefully Josh's determination to stock this portion of himself tin animate others to bash the aforesaid successful the future."

German planetary footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger came retired successful 2014. (Getty)

Across the globe, determination are lone a fistful of openly cheery antheral footballers, and nary playing successful immoderate of their respective nations' apical leagues.

Thomas Hitzlsperger is astir apt the astir high-profile antheral subordinate to ever travel out. The erstwhile Aston Villa, Stuttgart, Lazio, West Ham, Wolfsburg and Everton subordinate retired successful 2013 earlier announcing that helium was cheery the pursuing year.

"I privation to accidental however arrogant we are to enactment Josh connected his journey," said United's CEO, Nathan Kosmina.

"Today is not lone a important time successful Josh's life, but it is simply a historical infinitesimal for Australian football.

"It is remarkably brave for Josh to stock his communicative and we anticipation that his enactment and courageousness volition pave the mode for much footballers to bash the aforesaid successful the future."

Head manager Carl Veart said Carvallo was a tremendous young antheral who shown unthinkable courage.

"I'm precise arrogant of him.I person thing but admiration and enactment for him, arsenic bash each the players and coaching staff."

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