Brazilian footballer Alex Da Costa has said he is not homophobic even though he believes homosexuality is wrong.
A former Chelsea player, the soccer star is one of the most vocally critical of the LGBTI community in the game.
In January, he said: ‘God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Yves.’
Speaking to Swedish paper Expressen, he said his views are not homophobic.
‘God says one should love all people for what they are,’ he said.
‘We love everyone but do not like those who do not stand for what the Bible says. But this is not about homophobia.
‘I don’t agree that it is OK that a man lives with another man and a woman with a woman. That is my view. We don’t agree.
‘At the same time everyone is free to do what they want. Everyone has freedom.
‘This is easy for me to explain. If you don’t agree with me and what I believe, and what the Bible says, then that is up to you.’
Joey Barton, an English footballer, has blasted soccer players like Da Costa for their views.
‘To be religious extremist, you must first be extremely dumb in my opinion. Alex from PSG simply confirms my theory with his comments,’ he said.