“Thank you, Kuba”

22.02.2023 12:51

Courageously. Fearlessly. Against prejudice, stereotypes and discrimination. Jakub Jankto has come out, to live as a free man. "I'm homosexual and I don't want to hide anymore," he said in a video posted to his Instagram profile.

An important, yet far from simple, act; one that aims to break the taboo regarding any given player’s sexual orientation, especially in the male-dominated world of football.

"Like everyone else, I have my strengths, my weaknesses, a family and friends, a job which I have been doing to the best of my abilities for years, with seriousness, professionalism and passion,” said Jankto. “Like everyone else, I also want to live my life in freedom - without fear; without prejudice; without violence. But with love."

Jankto is the first pro player to come out in Europe while still in the business since Justin Fashanu, an English striker who publicly revealed that he was gay in the early 1990s.

The 27-year-old Czech Republic midfielder today dons the Sparta Praha jersey, on loan from Getafe, after a long experience in Italy with the likes of Udinese, Ascoli and Sampdoria.

In 2014, Kuba came one step short of participating in the CEE Cup’s 4th edition. After being included by Slavia Praha in the tournament list, his transfer to Udinese prevented him from playing in the presitigious youth competition.

The move was an important step in his career, though, to take off on his path towards the 'pros' and big football in Italy, where he collected 22 goals and 26 appearances in 189 appearances between Serie A and Serie B.

Jankto's courageous act can only make us proud.

An important choice by the Czech footballer – recognized internationally thanks to his extensive experience in top leagues, such as the Serie A and La Liga, as well as competitions played with the national team – which amplifies a loud and clear message.

Jankto’s is an act that breaks down barriers on the path towards a world in which homosexuality in football will no longer be news, a path that is still long but perhaps a bit easier now after the act of courage of the Sparta midfielder.

We at the CEE Cup side with Jakub, support him and thank him for what he has done. Freedom represents an essential right in life for each of us, without compromises.

Thank you, Kuba.

Tagy: sparta    2023    jankto   

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