​A Twitter user claiming to be an anonymous Championship footballer, who gained a following on the social media platform after announcing his intention to come out as gay, has apparently changed his decision to reveal his sexuality.

The supposed player had previously declared his intentions, in a series of tweets, to become the first active professional footballer since 1990 to come out as gay whilst playing in the top four divisions of the game. 

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Following a statement earlier this month, the player had posted on his Twitter page that he had discussed his intentions with his club's chairman and been made assurances about his role in the first team, as well as the support he would receive following the announcement.

However, a new post on Tuesday - one day ahead of his self-set coming out date - revealed an apparent change of heart. An initial brief statement on Twitter simply said: "I thought I was stronger. I was wrong." 

This was followed by a more substantial tweet denouncing those who had criticised him before the account was apparently shut down.

The abrupt news prompted speculation that the entire thing was a hoax. However, the player had received plenty of high profile support, with figures like sports broadcaster Jim White ​recently revealing that he had been in direct correspondence with the unnamed star. 

The news had been widely accepted and welcomed by most as a positive step forward for the game. The EFL has previously struggled to convince footballers to come out whilst they are still playing, despite offers of anonymity. 

@FootballerGay had close to 50k followers Twitter prior to its closure.