Marcello Lippi: “There are no gay footballers”

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Italy manager does his bit for homophobia

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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.”