Former Belgian footballer Jonathan de Falco has become a gay porn actor.

In something of a surprise career change former Racing Mechelen and Oud-Heverlee Leuven footballer Jonathan de Falco has swapped the pitch for porn. Performing under the name Stany Falcone the former footballer has appeared in several adult productions. Jonathan de Falco left football after sustaining an injury but the switch to gay porn may surprise some especially as, at one time, he had a girlfriend.

However, the new porn has told the Antwerp Gazette he hid his real sexuality while he was a footballer because “The football world is not ready for gay players. There is too much prejudice and generally low tolerance. Since I was 20 I have been in gay circles, but when I played soccer, nobody noticed anything. If my orientation would have been known, there would have undoubtedly problems.”

Homophobia in football, and sport in general, is often cited as a reason why there are not more openly gay sportsmen or sportswomen. In recent years there have been several high profile sportsmen who have come out as gay, such as Gareth Thomas, Steven Davies and Anton Hysen. The lack of more openly gay professional footballers in has often been attributed to homophobia within football.

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