Italian makes shocking statement during press conference.
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Italian striker Antonio Cassano has shocked many with his outspoken thoughts on the subject of gay footballers during a press conference following Italy’s draw with Spain.
The talent from Bari Vecchia, among the toughest and poorest neighbourhoods in Italy, held a rare Press conference today after Italy’s 1-1 opening draw with Spain.
“Are there any gay players? Cesare Prandelli told me you’d ask that question,” said the Milan striker.
“It’s their problem. If they are gay (though he used a far more offensive Italian term, ndr), then that’s their problem.
“If I say what I really think, then there’s going to be chaos. Are there any gays in the locker room? I hope not. In any case, it’s their problem and nothing to do with me.”
SOURCE: Football Italia
One wonders whether UEFA will act on this in the same manner in which they have failed to act on the repeated reports of racist abuse at stadiums and training camps within the first week of the Euro 2012 finals.
Cassano has always been thought of something of a joker and a cult hero for many football fans but his attitude to the subject of homosexuality is incredibly outdated and could well lead to a backlash.
Antonio Cassano went on to state during the press conference.
“I am honest, I didn’t expect to play in the Euros. Instead I was fortunate and given a reprieve. I am not here to waste time now that I have made it, as I want to be at the Euros as a protagonist.
“People say I should be a tutor to Balotelli? Well, in that case we’re in big trouble! Who is going to look after me, then?”