Jakub Jankto, the Cagliari Calcio winger talks about his coming out

Jakub Jankto, the Cagliari Calcio winger talks about his coming out

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A year after his coming out, football player Jankto tells his story

Jakub Jantko is the first active football player to be openly gay. Born in Prague on January 19, 1996, he played football from an early age, began his sporting career in the youth team of Slavia Prague and at the age of 18 he moved to Italy to play for Udinese.

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In his private life, Jakub Jantko had a romantic relationship with model Markéta Ottomanská, with whom they had a son.

On February 13, 2023, he published a video in which he openly declared himself gay, thus becoming the first footballer – still active – to come out.

And a year later, Jakub Jantko spoke about his coming out to France Football, and about the normality in football that in the end – despite football being a very homophobic sport – he accepted it without problems, also thanks to the support received from the coach, his teammates and also from the fans of Cagliari Calcio, the football team in which he plays in this period.

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Regarding his arrival at Cagliari Calcio after coming out, Jakub Jantko said: “Claudio Ranieri immediately told me that in case of problems he would help me. The fans greeted me at the airport and from that moment on I felt calm. The Sardinian people are extraordinary and have helped me a lot, I thank all the inhabitants of Sardinia. The concern about the matches also faded quickly.

In football there are several gay players, some have come out after leaving football, but other players – still active – continue to live a hidden life out of fear. Jantko’s message to those who are still hesitating is this: “There are other homosexuals in football, I don’t care how many, but I tell them not to be afraid to come out publicly, because nothing happens after that.

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