Prague (EFE).- The player of the Czech soccer team Jakub Jankto, 27, today declared his homosexuality on social networks, becoming one of the first soccer players to do so publicly.
“I am homosexual, and I do not want to hide any longer,” the footballer on loan from Getafe to Sparta Prague said on his Twitter account.
“Like everyone else, I have my strengths and my weaknesses,” indicates the player in a 44-second video in which he intends to “encourage other people.” Likewise, he vindicates his desire to live his “life in freedom, without fear, without prejudice, without violence, but with love.”
Before, he briefly recalled his life and professional career: “I have family, I have friends, I have a job, which I try to do the best I can for years, with seriousness, professionalism and passion.”
Jankto is not having a good season at Sparta and his private life is in turmoil after separating from his wife.
Before the announcement on Monday, the player has also appeared in the heart press with a new partner.
Jankto, an international for his country’s senior team since 2017 (45 matches), played for Italian Calcio (Ascoli, Udinese and Sampdoria) between 2014 and 2021, and then in the First Division with Getafe, until after an injury he was loaned to Sparta from his hometown.
Getafe express their support for Jakub Jankto
Getafe has issued through its social networks a message of “maximum respect” towards the Czech player Jakub Jankto, who is on loan at Sparta Prague and who announced his homosexuality in a video on Monday.
“Our utmost respect and unconditional support for our footballer Jakub Jankto,” says the Madrid club, to which Jankto arrived in 2021 and played fourteen games and which he loaned to Sparta Prague in 2022.
The Czech club acknowledges that its footballer “spoke openly about his sexual orientation with the board of directors, the coach and his teammates at the club some time ago.” «Everything else refers to his personal life. No more comments. No more questions. You have our support. Live your life, Jacob. Nothing else matters,” says Sparta.