A collection of the best good-humoured Thomas Hitzlsperger tweets as the former Aston Villa, West Ham United and Everton midfielder reveals he is gay.
As well as a bit of faux nonchalance, Twitter was awash with supportive messages and we’ve picked out the best inoffensive Hitzlsperger jokes and tweets for you.
British Prime Minister David Cameron and Prime Minister of Match of the Day Gary Lineker were quick to announce their admiration for what the German international had done:
As an #AVFC fan, I've always admired what Thomas Hitzlsperger did on the pitch – but I admire him even more today. A brave & important move.
— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) January 8, 2014
Congratulations to Thomas Hitzlsperger on bravely being the first player to have played in the PL to 'come out' http://t.co/9boXWNpnFZ
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 8, 2014
Thomas Hitzlsperger jokes
The world of football still stunned by the news that Thomas Hitzlsperger played 52 times for Germany.
— Jonathan Liew (@jonathanliew) January 8, 2014
After Hitzlsperger tweet, plenty TL reax. Couple jokes abt ball control + pile drivers but only 1 person using term "fag" #progress
— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) January 8, 2014
You've got to admire Thomas Hitzlsperger. Can't be easy admitting that you've played for Everton!
— Yozza (@yozzah2005) January 8, 2014
Fair play to Hitzlsperger, always did love a tackle!
— Spencer Dorgan (@SpencerJDorgan) January 8, 2014
I think it's incredibly brave of Thomas Hitzlsperger to come out and admit he played for West Ham.
— Col (@Bigshirtlesscol) January 8, 2014
West Ham find a typically bad way of burying the good news about Hitzlsperger.
— Chris Oakley (@COakleyFtbl) January 8, 2014
Very brave of Thomas Hitzlsperger to come out and admit that he played for Everton
— Neil White (@urbanturfer) January 8, 2014
Hats off to Thomas Hitzlsperger for his bravery today. He's admitted that he used to play for West Ham. #Boom
— Pie and Bovril (@pieandbov) January 8, 2014
The Thomas Hitzlsperger/West Ham joke being tweeted endlessly is dead funny isn't it?
— David (@Daywales) January 8, 2014
— André Villas-Boas (@SamoanBH) January 8, 2014
YOUR STOLEN HITZLSPERGER AT WEST HAM JOKE WASN'T FUNNY BEFORE YOU STOLE IT. QUIT IT, DOUCHEBAGS.
— Ant Dan (@Ant_Dan) January 8, 2014
Waiting for Hitzlsperger to pop up on this!!! pic.twitter.com/5OJU9dJiUv
— Nick J (@nrj1977) January 8, 2014
Tan has just sent me a text: "HITZLSPERGER CAME OUT GAY. CREDIT TO WEST HAM WHO CAME OUT TONIGHT AS USELESS!" #whufc
— Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (@OleGunnarDragon) January 8, 2014
Favourite part of this interview is Hitz using the term "what a gay pass". http://t.co/RlvRA6D2U2
— Mr. F (@FrankieHyland) January 8, 2014
All credit too Thomas Hitzlsperger , who today has come out and admitted he is a big fan of David Moyes…
— Dave Merrick (@davetheblue41) January 8, 2014
BREAKING: Thomas Hitzlsperger has bravely announced that he once played for West Ham.
— BBC Sporf (@BBCSporf) January 8, 2014
Not sure if I've seen the "Hitzlsperger deserves credit, admitting he played for Villa and/or West Ham" tweet enough today.
— Harry Jamieson (@HarryJamieson_) January 8, 2014
BREAKING NEWS: Thomas Hitzlsperger has bravely announced that he once played for West Ham.
— Genius Football (@GeniusFootball) January 8, 2014
If I see that Hitzlsperger/coming out & admitting he played for West Ham/Villa joke one more time.
— CynicalTurtle (@CynicalTurtle) January 8, 2014