FIFA and the FIFA President support Thomas Hitzlsperger’s decision to publicly announce his sexual orientation.

Unfortunately, prejudices still exist within football. FIFA is working hard to tackle these and hopes Thomas’s statements will encourage greater respect and understanding in football and beyond.

For many years, FIFA has taken a firm stand against any form of discrimination, including regarding sexual orientation, as stated in its Statutes and recently reinforced by the Resolution of the FIFA Congress on the Fight Against Racism and Discrimination.