Hitzlsperger is not your typical footballer. The Stuttgart midfielder visited Bank of England governor Mervyn King, a lifelong Villa fan, to discuss finance and economics on a regular basis. He’s also an anti-racism campaigner and this sense of social justice evidently drove his decision to come out.
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West Ham player Thomas Hitzlsperger warming-up before their game against Stoke City on 5 March 2011 which they won 3-0 with Hitzlsperger scoring the third goal.