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Marcello Lippi: “There are no gay footballers”

Italy manager does his bit for homophobia

Marcello Lippi

In the week that the FA are desperately trying to recruit footballers to front an anti-homophobia campaign, Marcello Lippi has tackled the subject by claiming there are no gay footballers. And if any remain in the closet, the Italy manager thinks they should probably just keep their ugly sexuality under wraps:

“I don’t think there are any gay players, or at least in 40 years of my career I have never met any. It could well be that there are a few with these tendencies, but they don’t go around telling people about it. Considering the way football players are, it really would be a complicated condition to deal with in the locker room. If someone came to me and confessed they were gay, I would advise them to not let any of that affect them, just concentrate on their profession and feel free to do what they want in their private lives.”

The World Cup winning coach will be disappointed to learn that many footballers are doing exactly what they want in their private lives, if an anonymous whistle blower named ‘Victory’ is to be believed. He is believed to be an ex-footballer and current rent-boy, who recently told his story to an Italian TV channel. He said:

“I have about 30 clients who are footballers and I would say that a dozen are Serie A and national team players – several times I have been asked to take part in group sex sessions. They all know I am a footballer as well but they like me because I am discreet. A lot of them are bisexual, they are married or have girlfriends. They have a respectable image but none of them will ever admit to being gay, not for the time being anyway.”


4 responses so far
  • Maik // January 9, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    The guy’s just saying that their sexuality has nothing to do with football (wich it doesn’t, I don’t giva a damn about the players sexuality) and that it could bring some problems to the locker room… wich may or may not be true, each case is different, but I know I wouldn’t feel comfortable taking a shower with a guy who may or may not be checking me out.

  • gomez // January 9, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    There is lots of evidence that Lippi is wrong assuming that there are no or only a few gay football players. Watch this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXkC0JywX8M

  • Endless Men // July 13, 2010 at 5:42 am

    oh cmon its 2010 already !

  • Margie // August 1, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    Um he never said they should “keep their ugly sexuality under wraps”, he just said that he would suggest not to let their sexuality affect their performance on the pitch, i.e. don’t get into messy relationships with your teammates and have that affect the game. He didn’t say anyone had to “be in the closet” about it and not tell anyone, he just said that it’s advisable to keep it in your personal life and separate your private and professional spheres.

    And obviously Lippi would doubt the existence of gay footballers other than “a few”, since he hadn’t met any in 40 years of coaching, while obviously this “Victory” person would have a different perspective because of his experience with these gay footballers.

    It is silly to call Lippi’s comments “homophobia”.

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