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Italian Striker Hopes There Are No ‘Queers’ on His Team

Italian Striker Hopes There Are No ‘Queers’ on His Team

 

An Italian football player has had to apologize after reportedlysaying in a press conference that he hoped there weren’t any “queers” in the national team.

The player,Antonio Cassano, in a press conference for Euro 2012, was reportedly asked a question about “metrosexuals” in the national squad, something that prompted him to seek clarification on whether the reporter meant “queers.”

Reports the AFP:

During a press conference, the forward was asked a question about an Italian television personality’s claim there are two gay and two so-called “metrosexuals” in the national squad.

“What’s a metrosexual?” Cassano asked the questioner, before adding: “If they’re queer, that’s their problem. I hope there aren’t any queers in the national team.

“But if they’re queer, it’s their business. Are there any? I don’t know.”

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After the exchange, Cassano turned to the translator and said: “You’re not going to translate that to the Polish press, are you?”

It should be noted that there are some reports suggesting that Cassano was set-up by reporters. However, whether this is true or not, with LGBT rights groups and even some footballing officials condemning Cassano’s remarks, Cassano has since issued an apology, saying:

“I sincerely regret that my statements have sparked controversy and protest from gay rights groups.

“Homophobia is a sentiment that is not mine. I did not want to offend anyone and I can not question the sexual freedom of other people. I only said that it is a problem that does not concern me and it is not for me to pass judgment on the choices of others, who are all respected.”

While issues surrounding racism have dominated much of the media discourse on Euro 2012, even being discussed by footballing pundits and former players, fears of homophobia and anti-LGBT violence have received far less media attention but have been simmering ever since it was announced that Poland and the Ukraine would be hosts to the tournament. Both countries have poor LGBT rights records and problems with far right extremists.

Some positive news can be found however, with reports thata British lesbian campaigner from Pride Solidarity found football fans in Kyev only too happy to wave her rainbow pride flag.

 

Related News:

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3:19PM PST on Dec 16, 2012

get into the 21st century

11:47AM PDT on Jul 24, 2012

Maybe he was just saying that everyone keeps their minds in the game and their eyes on the balls in play..

3:08PM PDT on Jun 18, 2012

By apologize he means to have used the word "Fag" and not queer :p.

Biggest closet case I have seen in the last week!

I bet €5.00 he comes out of the closet flaming big time in the near future. :p

12:35PM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

Cassano is an illiterate man that can't speak Italian properly! He used a rude word for gay, "frocio" (I think you can translate as "fag") and his apologizes are clearly wrote by someone else. Another good reason for not watching soccer...

5:12AM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

Typical meathead.

2:55AM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

We really don't need to give an ignorant dolt this kind of attention, do we?

12:30AM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

I agree with Terry V, "Who cares what he thinks?"--a small man with an even smaller mind.
And I don't believe his "apology" either.

7:55PM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

Being Italian, couldn't he just claim something was amiss in the translation? (hmmm, maybe a mister, not a miss).
I thought a metrosexual was a guy who just liked to look good. In history there were fops and dandys, but it just meant they were vain men who not having not yet invented fancy sports cars,jets and entertainment centers to spend their money on, spent it on themselves. Conspicuous consumption.

7:47PM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

WEIRD

7:31PM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

I have read that early Greek and Roman warriors were encouraged to have sexual relations with each other because it strengthened their bonds and relieved their stress so that they could fight more effectively. War veterans often talk about how much they love each other and the bond between them and their "brothers" -- what a shame that in the modern world, those who would otherwise be comfortable with and benefit from such relationships must either hide it or suppress it, which creates more stress and, I would think, detracts from their effectiveness.

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