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Italian striker apologises over gay remark

Wed 13 Jun 2012 In: International News

A member of the Italian national football side has apologised for s Antonio Cassano has apologised aying he hoped no members of his team were gay. Asked at a Euro 2012 news conference, when asked about media reports there were two "secret" gays in the Italy squad, striker Antonio Cassano said what translates to: "If they're queer, that's their problem. I hope there aren't any queers in the national team.” He used the word "frocho" which is an insult which translates to the likes of "queer", "poof" or "fag". After criticism from gay groups, Cassano issued an apology through Italian state news agency ANSA. "I am sincerely sorry that my comments have caused controversy and protests among gay groups. Homophobia is not a point of view that I share. I didn't want to offend anyone and I absolutely don't want to put a person's sexual freedom under discussion,” he said. "I only said that it was a problem which was nothing to do with me and I don't let myself express judgements on other people's choices, which should all be respected."    

Credit: GayNZ.com Daily News staff

First published: Wednesday, 13th June 2012 - 10:42am

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