A Belgian former professional footballer has become a gay porn actor.

Jonathan de Falco, formerly of Racing Mechelen and Oud-Heverlee Leuven, says he always felt attracted to men but his sexuality was never public.

He now uses the name Stany Falcone for his new job and has appeared in several productions.

De Falco, who says he used to have a girlfriend, has been dating a man for several months. He left professional football after an injury.

But he told the Antwerp Gazette: “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.”