'The Gay Footballer' deleted their Twitter account, a move which launched a massive discussion about gays in the EPL. File picture: Axel Schmidt/Reuters

England - A Twitter account, which claimed to be from a soccer player who was preparing to come out as gay, has been deleted.

The anonymous account 'The Gay Footballer' (@FootballerGay) had stated a news conference would be held on Wednesday where he would come out publicly as a "proud, confident, gay professional footballer".

There are no openly gay male players in professional football in England .

A message was posted to the account saying "I thought I was stronger. I was wrong" before it was deleted.

The account had attracted over 50,000 followers.

Before the shutdown @FootballerGay reportedly tweeted: “Call me all the names under the sun, belittle me and ridicule me, a lot will, and I can’t change that, but I’m not strong enough to do this. Just remember that I’ve got feelings, without coming out I can’t convince anybody otherwise, but this isn’t a hoax. I wouldn’t do that.”

Social media has weighed in the news of the accounts, with some not surprised and claiming that it was just a hoax account. 

While it remains true that anyone can play a sport regardless of their sexuality, many sports fans have yet to grasp this concept.

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