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December 18, 2012

St Petersburg football team Zenit's top fan club publishes racist and anti-gay manifesto

The top fan club for St Petersburg's football team Zenit has published a manifesto saying they don't want black, South American or gay players on their team.

The fan club published their manifesto on a website and denied they are racists.

'We are not racists, but the absence of black players in the Zenit lineup is an important tradition that underlines the identity of the club, and nothing more,' the manifesto said, Moscow News reports.

November 30, 2012

Kenny Dalglish and Sir Alex Ferguson recreate the pottery scene from Ghost and Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola get a Brokeback Mountain makeover

A spoof calendar of football managers in homoerotic poses has become a sell-out Christmas stocking filler for soccer fans.

'Sexy Managers' is the brainchild of illustrator James Husbands and each month features a cartoon of soccer bosses in different saucy scenarios.

July 21, 2012

Football star denies meaning to cause offence after given €15000 fine from UEFA

Italian striker and soccer star Antonio Cassano has received a €15,000 ($18,400, £11,700) fine for a homophobic comment.

The sportsman stunned reporters during a press conference on 12 June when he said he hoped there were no homosexual players in the squad.

He later said his comments had been misinterpreted and denied he wanted to cause offence.

June 12, 2012

Antonio Cassano hopes there are no 'queers' on his national team

At the Italian national football team's press conference at Casa Azzurri in Krakow on Tuesday (12 June), forward Antonio Cassano was asked about reports that there are two metrosexual players on Italy's team as well as two homosexual players.

'What's a metrosexual?' he asked.

But he was clear on what a homosexual is and added: 'Queers in the national team? That's their business. But I hope not.'

April 26, 2012

Femexfut, the Mexican football association, criticized footage of two soccer players sharing a celebratory kiss

Federación Mexicana de Futbol (Femexfut), the Mexican football association, may take action against two soccer players who shared a gay kiss.

During a match between Puebla and América last Sunday (22 April), in the Cuauhtémoc stadium in Puebla, América football players Christian Benítez, from Ecuador, and Matías Vuoso, from Argentina, celebrated a successful penalty with a gay kiss.

April 24, 2012

Cesare Prandelli asks Italian footballers to come out and live their 'secret' lives

The national Italian football team’s coach, Cesare Prandelli, has called for the end of homophobia in Italian sports.

The unprecedented statement appeared on the preface of the book Il Campione Innamorato: Giochi Proibiti Nello Sport (The Champion in Love: Prohibited Players in Sport) by Alessandro Cecchi Paone and Flavio Pagano.