Swedish footballer Anton Hysen has
announced he's gay, just
weeks after English cricketer Steven Davies made a similar
Hysen, the son of former Liverpool
defender Glenn Hysen, made the announcement in an interview with the
football magazine Offside.
The 20-year-old Utsiktens BK player
told the magazine that it was “fucked up” that no other Swedish
player had come out, the UK's Daily Mail reported.
“I am a footballer. And gay. If I
perform as a footballer, then I do not think it matters if I like
girls or boys,” he said.
Hysen conceded that his sexuality could
affect his career, but said: “People may call me anything they
want, it will just make me even more psyched.”
Hysen is the first high-profile Swedish
football player to announce that he is gay. He joins several top
European athletes who have publicly outed themselves during their
Twenty-four-year-old Steven Davies
recently said that he was inspired to come out by Welsh rugby star
Gareth Thomas, who
came out gay nearly two years ago.