Having always supported the Italian national team--NEVER England or France--I was delighted to meet some of my heroes recently while visiting and working in Milan. We socialised with some of them, one does have a boyfriend who was utterly delightful, and we still keep in touch. Gigi has always been a particular hero, perhaps the greatest goalkeeper of all time. Like me, he hates homophobes and racists. Here's what he had to say the other day.
Italian footballer Gianluigi Buffon says if he had gay team mate he’d only hope he’d win games Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon has said that his only concern about having a gay team mate would be about how good a player he was and not about his sexuality 31 December 2013 | By Andrew Potts Photo by Wikipedia Juventus goalkeeper and captain Gianluigi Buffon has told Football Italia that he would have no problems if his club hired an openly gay player and that if it did his only concern would be whether he was a good footballer or not. ‘If Juve bought one, my only wish is that he’d win us games,’ Buffon, who also captain’s Italy’s national team, said in an interview yesterday. However Buffon said he didn’t believe he had had a gay team mate during his career to date – closeted or otherwise. ‘I don’t think I have ever played with a homosexual player,’ Buffon said. Buffon made the comments in response to questions about racism and other forms of prejudice in the sport, adding that he thought there should be consequences when fans engage in intolerant chants - while admitting that he had taken part in them when he was younger. ‘I think it’s fair to severely punish for some forms of intolerance,’ Buffon said, ‘I do not presume to fully understand the kind of abuse some players get.’ ‘I can’t have the same sensitivity to those who are affected by the attacks, but punishment is important for the image of Italian football.’ Related Terms: News Association football Buffon Captain FIFA 100 FIFA World Cup Football in Italy footballer Gianluigi Gianluigi Buffon Gianluigi Buffon goalkeeper and captain Juve Juventus F.C. Person Career player Login or register to post comments - See more at: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/italian-footballer-gianluigi-buffon-says-if-he-had-gay-team-mate-he’d-only-hope-he’d-win-gam#sthash.hrqQgApF.hhUGzhwt.dpuf