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Name  Thomas Berling

Role  Football player
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Thomas Berling (born 21 January 1979) is a retired Norwegian football defender. His retirement from football sparked media attention.

Thomas Berling Thomas Berling born 21 January 19791 is a retired Norwegian

He hails from Drevja. He played for Nardo FK, and joined Lyn ahead of the 1999 season. He played four games in the second highest Norwegian league, and also played for the u-19 national team.

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In 2000, he disappeared from professional football. It later surfaced that he had come out as gay, and that he quit football as a result of what he described as widespread homophobia in the football community. In 2001, he briefly came out of retirement, playing for lower league Drøbak/Frogn IF.

Berling's case was cited several times in the upcoming years, as the connection between homophobia and sport was discussed in the national media now and then.

References

Thomas Berling Wikipedia


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