After being told by an Italian reporter that there might be some undeclared gay players on the team, Cassano appeared at a loss for words before responding.

”That’s their problem, but I hope not. … But I don’t know,” he said, then added that he hoped his answer sufficed. ”Because if not, you know I’ll be attacked from every direction.”

Gay associations in Italy immediately reacted with outrage to Cassano’s comments.

”Those that express hate toward others should not represent us in the national team,” homosexual cultural club leader Mario Mieli said, according to the ANSA news agency.

Gay Center spokesman Fabrizio Marrazzo added: ”He deserves at least a warning, if not to be expelled from the Euros.”

Leaving aside the extremely dubious notion that national team membership should depend on irrelevant sociopolitical opinions, people should just be glad they managed to find enough Italian players that weren’t implicated in the latest match-fixing scandal to even comprise a full squad for the tournament. And dear god, don’t let them hear about Alberto Aquilani and his Mussolini memorabilia, or they’ll be calling for his imprisonment.