Carl Hoefkens says “it is a pity” that being gay remains taboo in football and says he played alongside two gay players during his time in England.
The former Belgium international joined Stoke in 2005 and spent two seasons at the club in the Championship before a move to West Brom, with whom he won promotion to the Premier League.
“I played alongside three gay footballers, including one who was a genuinely big name. They did not hide who they were in the dressing-room,” he told De Zondag, according to SkySports.com.
“One was at Club Brugge, and the other two were in England. I won’t name names as I respect their requests.