Italian footballer Antonio Cassano has been fined 15,000 euros by UEFA for an anti-gay comment he made to the press.
UEFA said today: “Following the opening of disciplinary proceedings against Italy’s Antonio Cassano for a discriminatory press statement (Art. 11bis of the Disciplinary Regulations) during UEFA EURO 2012, the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body has decided to impose a fine of [Eu]15,000 on the player.
“An appeal can be lodged against this decision within three days of the dispatch of the full written decision.”
Cassano, asked by reporters at a press conference for Euro 2012 whether he thought there were any ‘metrosexuals’ on his team, responded first by asking what a metrosexual was, before going on to say, “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.”
There were reports at the time that he had been goaded by reporters who knew he had a tendency to let his mouth run away with him.
Nevertheless, Cassano issued a swift “I’m sorry if anyone took offense” style apology, at the same time denying that he was homophobic.