The Gay Football Supporters Network has said it is “amused” by the comments of Luciano Moggi, former managing director of Juventus, that “a homosexual cannot do the job of a footballer.”
“Mr Moggi is obviously not aware of the thriving amateur gay football community which holds its showpiece event in London at the IGLFA World Championships in August,” said a GFSN spokesman.
He pointed out that one of the FA Council members is openly gay.
“If Mr Moggi is indeed unaware of these things, we would be delighted to invite him to join us in London this summer as our guest at the International Gay & Lesbian Football Association World Championship.”
Mr Moggi, formerly with Juventus, is banned from football until 2011 for his role in a corruption scandal and is on currently on trial.
He was speaking on the KlausCondicio programme on Italian television last month.
“There are no gays in football,” he claimed.
“I don’t know if players are against having them in their team but I definitely am.
“In the teams where I worked there were never any. I never wanted to have a homosexual player and I still wouldn’t sign one.
“I’m old school but I know the ambience of football and a gay wouldn’t be able to survive within it.
“A homosexual cannot do the job of a footballer.
“The football world is not designed for them, it’s a special atmosphere, one in which you stand naked under the showers.”
GFSN has announced that the National League Cup Final will be held on Sunday 11th May at Rainworth Miners Welfare FC, Rainworth, Mansfield with a 1pm kick off.
This is the second year of the tournament with Village Manchester FC playing the Leicester Wildecats.
Last year’s tournament was won by GFC Bournemouth.
Meanwhile, the GFSN National League is approaching its climax with London Falcons FC favourites to take the title.
Most of the teams will be joining Leftfooters FC and a number of international teams, including teams from America, Japan, Australia and Africa for this summer’s IGLFA World Championship 2008 in London.