Jankto, from Getafe, announces that he is gay: “I don’t want to hide”

Jakub Jankto (Prague, 01/19/1996) has made public today that he is homosexual. The Czech footballer from Getafe, who plays on loan at Sparta Prague, has taken a step forward through his social networks to normalize something that should already be, but unfortunately there is still a long way to go.

“Like everyone else, I have my strengths, I have my weaknesses, I have a family, I have my friends, I have a job that I have been doing to the best of my ability for years, with seriousness, professionalism and passion. Like everyone else. I also want to live my life in freedom. Without fears. Unprejudiced. No violence. But with love. I’m gay and I don’t want to hide anymore”, says Jankto in the emotional video in which he reveals his sexual condition.

Jankto has been international with the Czech team on 45 occasions. He arrived at Getafe in 2021 from Sampdoria, in exchange for six million euros. Last season he played 16 games in LaLiga, in which he distributed two assists. Last summer he went on loan to Sparta Prague, the great rival of the team in which he made his name, Slavia. Sparta himself has been one of the first to show his support for the player, with a message in which they want to help Jantko’s gesture stop being necessary as soon as possible.

“Jakub Jankto 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”, said the club through its Twitter account.

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Getafe has also supported its footballer by offering him the “maximum respect and unconditional support”. Other clubs and institutions such as FIFPRO, Osasuna, Athletic, Real Sociedad or the Premier League have also spoken out.

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