From THE LOCAL (Germany):
The captain of Germany's national football team Philipp Lahm said he is not gay, in excerpts of his new book released Monday.
"First, I am not a homosexual. I am not married to my wife Claudia for appearances and I do not have a friend in Cologne with whom I really live," Lahm wrote in the book entitled "A Subtle Difference."
"This speculation doesn't matter to me," he said. "I have nothing against homosexuals and I find that there is nothing wrong with homosexuality."
"But it never ceases to amaze me that these isolated types, who tell these stories, can have a lot of influence on public opinion. Philipp Lahm - homosexual? do you not have anything more important to talk about?" he said.
He however advised professional footballers against coming out, referring specifically to Justin Fashanu, the first professional player in Britain to publicly reveal his homosexuality, who, after his disclosure, spoke about deep-seated anti-gay prejudice in professional football, killed himself in 1998.