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Italian footballer ‘regrets’ hoping there were no gays in Euro 2012 team

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  1. Another stupid non-apology.

  2. “But if there are queers here, that’s their business”. no. He didn’t say “queers”, he said “faggots”. he didn’t say “business”, he said “problems”.

    1. Issues of translation. Whichever, whether intentionally or not his comments are homophobic and he needs to be censured – and, if we perceive his comments with generosity, education in the issue of diversity to prevent a recurrance. However, many understandably will consider that his comments were intentionally homophobic.

  3. Well, at the very most generous … let’s assume that Antonio Cassano did not intend to be homophobic …

    If so, then he needs some education in how to handle issues of diversity – because he certainly used homophobic language.

    His apology seems empty and he should be censured by UEFA and the Italian FA and coach.

    1. Are we to jump on the homophobic language bandwagon every time someone uses the term ‘queer’?

      Yes, I agree it was the wrong term to use, given that he was advised that a question regarding sexuality could be proposed to him. How many times have any of us responded to a question too fast without giving it too much thought?

      1. How many of us do that in a press conference?

        How many of us have a responsibility as a role model?

        1. I agree with you but I wonder are we becoming too sensitive sometimes? Just putting the question out there.

          I also agree that I don’t think that his apology was from the heart, more something he was perhaps forced to do.

          How often have been in conversation and in the heat of the moment said something that you perhaps didn’t mean to say?

          1. I agree, but I have never done it in a TV press conference. I also have never been an international sports star to which young people look up to.

            I have given TV interviews and been aware of difficult questions in advance and prepared an appropriate answer or holding comment.

      2. I don’t know how you respond to questions when you respond too fast without giving too much thought but I don’t think the vast majority of us would EVER respond to a question with a SLUR (racial, anti-gay or otherwise) no matter how quickly or thoughtlessly we responded. Bigotted slurs aren’t a part of my vocabulary. I would no more use a slur than I would throw a word of Vietnamese (which I don’t speak) into a sentence.

        I think it says a LOT about you that you think it’s normal for people to use slurs when they speak without thinking.

      3. Apparently the word that he used was “faggot” not “queer” and he said that sexuality was a “problem”.

        Sounds homophobic to me.

  4. ‘…question about rumours of two gay players in the Italy squad…’
    Rumours? What the heck. It’s of absolutely no relevance.

    Pathetic that a ‘rumour’ should have even started.

    For heaven’s sake, maybe there are players who are left handed. Does anyone know for sure? Better get OK magazine on the story!

    1. Not keen on the whole rumour thing.

      However, if players are prepared to be open about their orientation that is a good thing as a role model and encouragement to potential young gay sportsmen and women.

  5. pretty sick of these dumbass footballers making such comments and then evidently being ‘strongly advised’ by their agents to retract them and apologise. The idiot’s no more sorry about his comments now than he was when he first made them. Arse…

    1. Completely agree, another inane apology with someone with the IQ of a goat. What a twit!

  6. He said he was forewarned that such a question would be asked…all the more reason to believe that his homophobia is so strong that he wasn’t even able to prepare a neutral or more diplomatic response.

    His “apology” has serious flaws: “problem that does not concern me”, “choices of others”. Hey Antonio, we’re not the problem, you are. And being gay, not a choice. Homophobia: choice.

    1. I agree, if he had forewarning then an educated person would prepare a media and public friendly response.

      However, he fails to do so.

      He certainly needs education and censure.

      Many would probably argue he needs UEFA sanction and punishment too. Do UEFA have the balls (pun intended)?

  7. I imagine that he used the wrong choice of words in his response “But if there are queers here, that’s their business.” What the story does not say is that if he went further to make some further silly remark such as “as long as they stay away from me in the shower” then I think we would be right to be offended. What he said that it was their business, I feel that he is saying, in a backhanded way, that he doesn’t care. Or am I being too generous?

    Yes, the use of the word ‘queer’ was wrong but do we really need to be kicking up such a fuss over it?

    1. Its not merely the use of the word “queer” though is it?

      1. No it’s not, I suspect it is more because of the context that it was used. Had he said” But if there are homosexuals here, that’s their business.” would we be as quick to criticise? That is the point that I am getting at.

        I am not saying what he did was right, far from it, he was wrong to use the word ‘queer’

        1. I think linking that comment to his other comment of hoping there are no gay people in his team – demonstrates more underlying homophobia. Its what he wants in his team – which appears to be no gay guys – which is more telling. The word queer narks and is disappointing, but for me his desire to have no gay people in the team is far, far more telling.

          1. It is interesting, if, as I asked, he had used the term homosexual or gay, then I do think that he would have meant that he has no issue with gay men in his team.

            I know many of you won’t agree but isn’t that the point of these comment boards?

          2. Oh I agree that one of the points of these comments boards is to discuss differences of opinion.

            I disagree with you about this, although I agree with you about many things.

        2. Again I ask. If he were talking about not wanting a black player on his team would it be worthy of criticism if he didn’t use a sllur? I say yes. Likewise it would have still been offensive and inappropriate had he said what he said without the anti-gay slur. In any event he committed BOTH offenses and should be called out for it.

    2. I don’t know. You tell us. Had he said he didn’t want any black people on his team and used a racial slur would it be a big enough deal to warrant kicking up such a fuss?

      1. Hayden

        Absolutely. If his comment had been a racial slur then UEFA or FIFA would be jumping on it now.

        For me, a homophobic slur is as damaging as a racial slur.

        Somehow, others seem not to agree – as evidenced by the lack of UEFA, Italian FA or other action – and by some comments here and elsewhere.

        1. Stu.

          Not been funny like but you seem to have missed the business about the racial incidents towards black players at the moment during this tournament and UEFA don’t seem to give a toss.

          1. No I havent missed them, Mike

            This story happens to be about a homophobic slur not a racial one. If it were about a racial one, then I would condemn that.

            However, regulations are in place about racism, but not homophobia, in UEFA or FIFA (or so it appears)

    3. I don’t get what you are saying, have you read the story/interview. It’s not about the vocabulary. The player said he hoped there were no gay/queer/faggot players in the team – it doesn’t matter how he described us, he said he hoped there weren’t any of us in the team. That’s homophobic.

  8. Complete prick. Go home.

  9. José Merentes C. 13 Jun 2012, 12:57pm

    Football players are barely educated, when they are indeed. He was obliged to apologise.He still thinks he´s better than us.

  10. Homophobia is still a non-issue in Italy so people say things like that all the time and nobody bats an eyelid, even public figures.

  11. Footballers are often accused of stupidity.

    And they keep on proving why that is.

    1. Succinct (and in many cases fair)!

  12. Wow, it’s actually worse than we thought. His coach WARNED him that he would get that question. He had time to think about his answer IN ADVANCE and STILL he gave the answer he did.

    I notice he didn’t address the slur. It should be no surprise since he didn’t really address anything else he said either. He just expressed surprise that people were offended and claimed (rather unbelievably) that he didn’t have any issues with people who had the PROBLEM of homosexuality.

    Just the latest insulting, non-apology “apology”.

    1. Very disappointed by finding this comment on the UEFA website about RESPECT at EURO 2012:

      “RESPECT is UEFA’s social responsibility programme which aims to support local communities, tackle social issues and works towards unity across gender, race, religion and ability. ”

      It suggests homophobia is a matter that UEFA are not concerned about – otherwise surely their RESPECT comment would mention orientation?

      This is the same UEFA who said they did not have time to deal with allegations of homophobia against Mourinho.

      1. Interestingly and disappointingly FIFAs Ethics Code makes no comment on orientation but does say:

        “Offi cials may not offend the dignity of a person or group of persons through contemptuous, discriminatory or denigratory words or actions concerning ethnicity, race, colour, culture, language, religion or gender.”

        You can certainly establish that Antonio Cassano used contemptuous, discriminatory and denigratory words. UEFA should address the issue of homophobia in the same manner it would racism and FIFA should hold UEFA to account until they do.

  13. FIFA state:

    “We believe it is FIFA´s responsibility to foster unity within the football world and to use football to promote solidarity, regardless of gender, ethnic background, faith or culture.”

    They also state:
    “We believe that, just as the game itself, FIFA must be a model of fair play, tolerance, sportsmanship and transparency”

    Given their desire to see transparency and tolerance and to develop solidarity regardless of differences – surely, it is incumbant on FIFA and UEFA to act?

  14. Antonio Cassano was wearing a diamond stud in each earlobe when he announced to a press conference in Krakow this week that he hoped there were no froci – queers, faggots, poofs – in the Italy squad. How times change.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/blog/2012/jun/13/euro-2012-italy-antonio-cassano-homophobia

  15. If a player had said black, jew, muslim, ginger haired, or anything else, FIFA would have stopped him from playing, even if he apologised. The fact that he is still being allowed to play reveals the truth about how much FIFA/UEFA care about homophobia. ZERO. I won’t be watching anymore Euro2012. England are gonna be a joke anyway under Hodgeson.

  16. Then why the “i hope not” …

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