Euro 2012 has already seen a couple incidents of racial abuse, first during a Dutch training session and then directed at Czech right back Theodor Gebre Selassie.
But now it’s time to pull out your bigotry bingo cards and check off homophobia. All we need now is a little misogyny and anti-semitism and we’ll be all set.
Italian striker and post-coital-pastry-lover Antonio Cassano has shocked the world by turning out to be a huge douchebag. When asked about rumors of two homosexual players in the Italy squad, Cassano replied:
“Queers in the national team? That’s their business, but I hope not.”
I’m surprised that a man who enjoys being naked in front of other men as much as Cassano does would have such a problem with homosexuality. Maybe he’s just afraid if any gays are around they won’t be able to control themselves when confronted with his luscious nude body.
On the other end of the tolerance spectrum is German striker Mario Gomez, who I was pleased to learn spoke out a few years ago in support of gay footballers.
But you can never be too careful when Germans are speaking about minorities. It may seem innocuous, but there’s always a darker subtext you have to watch out for.