Cassano hints at Milan exit, sorry for gay slur

Antonio Cassano hinted he could leave Milan at the end of the European Championships if they sell their top players, while he was forced to apologise for disparaging comments made about homosexual players.


Responding to questions about the future of Rossoneri defender Thiago Silva – who has been linked with Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain – the Italy striker said:

"To lose Thiago is hard, hard. It is impossible to replace him. Without Thiago, it is 50 per cent of our team. It's a crime to lose Thiago.

"At end of the Euros I will see if I remain at Milan or I leave. I don't know."

Cassano also courted controversy with his answer to reports that there were two closeted gay players in the Italy squad at the European Championships.

Apparently in jest, the 29-year-old said: "The coach had warned me that you would ask me this question.

"If I say what I think... I hope there are none. But if there are queers here, that's their business."

He later apologised for his comments, saying:

"I sincerely regret that my statements have sparked controversy and protest from gay rights groups.

"Homophobia is a sentiment that is not mine. I did not want to offend anyone and I cannot question the sexual freedom of other people. I only said that it is a problem that does not concern me and it is not for me to pass judgment on the choices of others, who are all respected."

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