Italy's Antonio Cassano fined for Euro 2012 homosexual remark



Italy striker Antonio Cassano has been fined by the European football governing body, UEFA, after comments made about homosexuals during Euro 2012. The AC Milan player had said he hoped there were no homosexuals in the Italy squad for the tournament in Poland and Ukraine.

Even though he later apologised for the comments, he has still been fined £11,679. "Cassano has been fined for a discriminatory press statement," Uefa announced on its official website. "An appeal can be lodged against this decision within three days of the dispatch of the full written decision."

Cassano was asked during a press conference whether he thought there were any homosexuals in Italy's 23-man squad at Euro 2012. Here's his response: "The coach warned me that you would ask me this question. If I say what I think... I hope there are none." Then somebody in the Italy staff might have realized that his statement was a mistake and Cassano issued a press statement insisting he had been misinterpreted.

"I sincerely regret that my statements have sparked controversy and protest from gay rights groups," Cassano said. "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 judgement on the choices of others, who are all respected."

Apart from that, the 30-year-old scored one goal during Euro 2012 and helped Italy to the final, where they lost to Spain.

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