The Bayern Munich striker (pictured left, in command of beach ball, with 'transgender curious' Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Franz Drechsler) told a press conference that although he still considered himself heterosexual, he had on certain hot afternoons felt the urge to work with another man on a lathe.
“I like the firm brush of a man’s shoulder on public transport, okay?” he said. “Please to be understanding. I like working with a strimmer with another man on a tricky hedge. I like to laugh at moments of amusement. Is that a crime?
“I like watching Antiques Roadshow and with other gentlemen guessing the values of the interesting objects. I like to sit outside the bierkeller with a man friend, saying wow, look at her, that’s some sexy fraulein.”
Gropius said that while he had never had a gay experience, he had long been a fan of “show tunes” and also considered himself “musical theatre curious”.
“It is not easy being a bi-curious footballer and I ask for privacy as I hang out with some chap at an art gallery on a Sunday afternoon, or help him with an oil change, holding his greasy rag.”
He then invited the reporters to attend a gay disco for footballers across the road, Man City.
Last year, Bastia striker Jean-Pierre Mollet came out as the first openly bi-curious footballer after what he ambiguously described as “a satisfying experience wearing a scarf”. He later declared that he was no longer curious and was sure that he was heterosexual.