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Italian Footballer Antonio Cassano Hopes There are No 'Queers' on the National Team

Italian footballer Antonio Cassano, a Serie A player for Milan and a striker for the national team, has caused controversy in Krakow after being asked about gay players on the Italian team in advance of the Euro 2012, the Guardian reports:

CassanoWhen asked about media reports that there were two metrosexual players and two homosexual players in the Italy squad, the Milan forward said: "What's a metrosexual?" before adding: "Queers in the national team? That's their business. But I hope not."

Earlier this year Cassano's Italy team-mate Antonio Di Natale said that it would be difficult for any player to come out whereas the national team coach, Cesare Prandelli, has been supportive of gay footballers.

UPDATE: Apparently the term Cassano used was more like "faggots".

He's now backtracking:

"I am sincerely sorry that my declarations have sparked controversy and protests in the gay community: homophobia is a feeling that does not belong to me. I did not want to offend anyone and in no way do I want to question the sexual freedom of people."

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  1. Sounds like he has a personal problem with homosexuals, too bad for him.

    Posted by: Bernie | Jun 12, 2012 2:06:16 PM

  2. I think he used a more derogatory term, like fags. "Froci" in italian.

    Posted by: calvin | Jun 12, 2012 2:08:00 PM

  3. These things are good things. When people vocalize bad positions in today's world they get flak for it. Some people double down and try to remain bigoted, some people realize that they can go the other way and vocalize that. These things further and create discussions. So thanks Italian football guy, you are slowly ensuring that gay players will have a spot.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Jun 12, 2012 2:08:17 PM

  4. because he's no doubt a pinnacle of Catholic Integrity. No doubt he abstains from sex unless it's with the woman he's married to. wouldn't want him to be a sodomite, yo ;-)

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jun 12, 2012 2:11:23 PM

  5. Nobody cares, Pizza Face. Go crawl back to your momma. Like most Italian males, you probably still live at home.

    Posted by: OP | Jun 12, 2012 2:12:06 PM

  6. Because homosexual in the team would play differently? Shame on him.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jun 12, 2012 2:14:29 PM

  7. Why, Antonio? Why would you hope that? You're playing football with them now just fine, so it can't have anything to do with their playing. They haven't made any advances on you up to now (understandably so, from the photo), so that can't be the concern, either. The only possible reason for the concern is your fear that you won't be able to resist pouncing on his pole. It's OK Antonio, you can come out. It'll get better!

    Posted by: John Equality | Jun 12, 2012 2:15:24 PM

  8. Italy is a backwards nation. An embarrassment to the more enlightened countries in western europe

    Posted by: DanSwon | Jun 12, 2012 2:22:17 PM

  9. Well, that's disappointing.

    I watched the Spain vs. Italy game the other day. High def is not doing his face any favors.

    Posted by: endo | Jun 12, 2012 2:22:38 PM

  10. Football/soccer players are usually not known for their intelligence. Most of them tend to be pretty simple

    Posted by: Steve | Jun 12, 2012 2:25:21 PM

  11. he's clearly upset because everyone knows that gay players scream "I LOVE PROJECT RUNWAY!" every time they score a goal.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jun 12, 2012 2:26:25 PM

  12. "Italy is a backwards nation. An embarrassment to the more enlightened countries in western europe"

    Same ol' strategy. Judge an entire people by the actions or words of a few idiots.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jun 12, 2012 2:28:42 PM

  13. @Derrick
    Concerning strictly gay rights it's true. Italy is the most backwards country in western Europe when it comes to that. Gay people don't have ANY rights and protections there.

    Posted by: Steve | Jun 12, 2012 2:36:37 PM

  14. "Same ol' strategy. Judge an entire people by the actions or words of a few idiots."

    Nope, i'm basing that on the open homophobia and social conservatism that is prevalent in Italian society compared to, say, Germany/UK/Scandinavia

    Posted by: DanSwon | Jun 12, 2012 2:36:47 PM

  15. Yep Derrick, the comment about Italy wasn't absurd or anything. After all, Italy (and Greece) had nothing to do with the foundations of Western civilization. Just hellish backwaters with no history whatsoever.

    Though it's beyond me why I'd care about the views of an Italian soccer player. He affects my life how?

    Posted by: Paul R | Jun 12, 2012 2:39:32 PM

  16. @Derrick, I'm italian and I agree with Danswon, Italy is a backwards nation.

    Posted by: calvin | Jun 12, 2012 2:47:50 PM

  17. Is anyone else watching the Poland/Russia match that just started? The little blond Polish captain, Jakub Błaszczykowski, is cute, and judging by his hair, he might be a *metrosexual*.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Jun 12, 2012 2:52:55 PM

  18. "Same ol' strategy. Judge an entire people by the actions or words of a few idiots"

    Brownie point, Derrick.

    Posted by: Rick | Jun 12, 2012 2:54:40 PM

  19. As an Italian, former futball player, lesbian, and an avid AC Milan fan, I am ashamed that he would say such a thing. There are many gay and lesbian pro futball players that are extremely talented, and their sexual orientation had nothing to do with anything on the pitch whatsoever. I hope to find out whether or not the rest of the team feels this way, so I can find out if I should support another club.

    Posted by: Jesie | Jun 12, 2012 2:59:05 PM

  20. Another reminder that "queer" has not been "reclaimed" and never will be. Before you again try to use the Q-word in a "benign" way, dare to ask yourself: What is it about hand-me-down hate speech that I find so irresistible? Wouldn't an obsession with dirty jock straps be healthier?

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | Jun 12, 2012 3:06:35 PM

  21. Nice porcupine hairdo. He looks like he's a sandwich short of a picnic.

    Posted by: Oliver | Jun 12, 2012 3:11:23 PM

  22. "Italy is a backwards nation. An embarrassment to the more enlightened countries in western europe"

    So THAT'S what made me homophobic all these years, being Italian! I always wondered what did it......(sarcasm) Well, take heart, Danswon. I'm proof that even the most "backwards" of people can change. Although I can't tell you when the rest of the Italian people (either in America or Italy) will join me.

    On a serious note, Italian culture tends to have very little sympathy for the individual and usually annoyed with people who deviate from social norms. However, when the norms change and tolerance prevails, even Italians who feel uncomfortable with the change do little to stop it. You aren't likely to find Italians in moral reform leagues leading the fight to preserve homophobia.

    Posted by: Mary | Jun 12, 2012 3:15:57 PM

  23. He used the word "froci" in italian that means fags. By the way this guy is known for his anti-jewish and fascist positions.

    Posted by: Luke | Jun 12, 2012 4:30:08 PM

  24. It's too bad, since the Italian coach has come out in support of gay footballers on several occasions. But several of the players themselves have made anti-gay comments.

    Italy definitely is a homophobic (misogynistic, racist, etc.) and all around socially conservative, backwards country. It's simply a shame, that young Italian LGBTQ kids have to hear something like this from a very highly publicized footballers. Hopefully, UEFA steps in here and doesn't allow this bigot to get away with his hate and sends the message that homophobia will not be tolerated.

    Posted by: Francis | Jun 12, 2012 5:16:28 PM

  25. I saw the original comment. He thought he was being funny. "That's their problem." And "froci" is not translated as "queer" "Faggot" is more accurate. But Italian gays, at least historically, often referred to themselves as "frocio" or even "frocia." It still not a pretty word. He thought he was still in the locker room. He has since apologized.

    "... l'omofobia e' un sentimento che non mi appartiene. Non volevo offendere nessuno e non voglio assolutamente mettere in discussione la liberta' personale delle persone." He declares that he is not homophobic, but wanted to emphasize that gayness wasn't an issue for him. He doesn't want to offend anyone ...

    What was he thinking when he said it in the first place? And, if he indeed does have two gay team mates, it's sad for them that this "scemo" is on theirs.

    Posted by: Giovanni | Jun 12, 2012 5:20:46 PM

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