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01:53, Jun 09 2014

KRAKOW, Poland - Italy forward Antonio Cassano said Tuesday that he hopes there are no homosexual players on the national team at the European Championship, and he then used a derogatory word to describe gays. 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. "Thats their problem, but I hope not. ... But I dont know," he said, then added that he hoped his answer sufficed. "Because if not, you know Ill be attacked from every direction." The question Tuesday was asked by an Italian journalist citing Alessandro Cecchi Paone, who co-wrote a book earlier this year with a title that can be translated as "The champion in love. The banned games of sport." The journalist also suggested that there are a couple of metrosexual players on Italys squad. Italy coach Cesare Prandelli wrote the preface to Cecchi Paones book, in which he supported homosexuals in sport. Another Italy forward, Antonio Di Natale, said after the book came out in April that homosexual footballers should not reveal that they are gay. Upon hearing Cassanos comments, Cecchi Paone told a local radio station that he had an affair with a member of Italys squad, and that the player told him of another gay player on the team. "Prandelli definitely knows who the homosexuals are," Cecchi Paone told Radio 24, also naming three players on the squad who he said are metrosexuals. "Cassano should come to lunch with me, and Ill explain to him that theres no problem having a gay player in the squad." Gay associations in Italy immediately reacted with outrage to Cassanos 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." Meanwhile, Arcigay president Paolo Patane invited Cassano to make a "courageous choice" and become a spokesman in the fight against homophobia and racism in football. Cassano has always been a player who speaks his mind. He had well-documented run-ins with Fabio Capello at both Roma and Real Madrid, and then a separation from Sampdoria when he allegedly insulted club president Riccardo Garrone with a profanity-laced verbal tirade. He now plays for AC Milan, and risked losing his life after falling ill with stroke-like symptoms on the team plane in October. He then required minor heart surgery that kept him out for five months. Homosexuality in football has been a taboo subject for years. Justin Fashanu, the first black footballer to move in a 1 million pound transfer when he joined English club Nottingham Forest in 1981, saw his career fade after he publicly acknowledged his homosexuality. He was found hanged in a London garage in 1998 at age 37. 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The Canadians finished with a score of 73.10, using precision timing and solid jumping. Reigning world champions Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov of Russia nearly broke their own world record after a superb short program. The Russians took a sizeable lead over Duhamel and Radford with 83.79 points. Chinas Cheng Peng and Hao Zhang are third with 71.01 points. Every first-place finisher of the four disciplines - men, women, ice dance and pairs - receives 10 points, second place gets nine, third earns eight, and so forth. After the mens and pairs short programs, Russia leads with 19 points, followed by Canada (17) and China (15). Duhamel and Radford, the 2013 world bronze medallists, fed off the crowd and their teammates. Skating to music composed by Radford as a tribute to late coach Paul Wirtz, the Canadians opened with a strong throw triple twist before Duhamel nailed a throw triple jump later in the program. Duhamel, of of Lively, Ont., and Radford, of Balmertown, Ont., ended with a death spiral to the delight of their compatriots, which inclluded Olympic ice dance champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.dddddddddddd But the day belonged to Volosozhar and Trankov, who sent their Russian fans into a frenzy with a brilliant performance. The highlight came in the opening moments as they delivered a perfect throw triple twist that generated mesmerizing height. The pair also converted all of their jumps. In the mens short program, Torontos Patrick Chan struggled to a third-place finish. The three-time world champion looked shaky during his program and finished with a score of 89.71. Japanese sensation Yuzuru Hanyu had a near-flawless routine, earning a score of 97.98 to take first place. Russian Evgeni Plushenko, the 2006 Olympic gold medallist, sits in second with 91.39 points. Each country gets a chance to switch up two competitors between the short and long programs, which may mean Chan would give way to Kevin Reynolds after the short, while Dylan Moscovitch and Kirsten Moore-Towers may replace Duhamel and Radford. Next up in the team event are the ice dance short, ladies short and pairs free programs on Saturday. The event wraps up Sunday with the mens and ladies free programs, followed by the ice dance free, which will determine the medallists. ' ' '

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