Postcard from... Milan
Italy still has major problems dealing with racism in football. So you can imagine how unreconstructed its fans are regarding sexuality.
This hasn’t stopped a brave, principled – and completely heterosexual – Serie A player taking his protest against homophobia on to the pitch, despite the obvious risk of a backlash from supporters.
Cagliari midfielder Daniele Dessena played Sunday’s match against Inter Milan at San Siro wearing shoes with rainbow-coloured laces to support the “Let’s Kick Homophobia” campaign. This provoked a flood of abuse from Cagliari supporters, particularly afterwards on blogs and websites when word got around.
“Just mind your own business and play,” was one of the more polite comments.
Dessena, who has a girlfriend and a baby, says he has no regrets despite the hostile crowd response.
“For me it was an important day because I was able to make a real contribution to a cause in which I believe,” he said.
He even took the offensive against critics, saying: “You’re ignorant fools!”
The gay association Arcigay applauded Dessena’s stance. But as usual in Italy there was complete silence from the establishment, sporting and otherwise...
- 1 Woman falls to her death as she celebrates marriage proposal at the edge of Ibiza cliff
- 2 Venezuela Expo Tattoo 2015: Extreme body art from 'Vampire Woman' to 109mm earlobes
- 4 Dad attempts revenge on teenage daughter, plan backfires spectacularly
- 5 Ball pool for adults opens in London
Isis 'throw man off a building for homosexual affair' and beat him to death when he survives
Woman falls to her death as she celebrates marriage proposal at the edge of Ibiza cliff
Boris Johnson claims porn-obsessed Islamic jihadists are 'literally w*****s'
Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
Ball pool for adults opens in London
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
King Abdullah dead: We can't afford not to hold Saudi Arabia's royals to account
Negotiable: Tradewind Recruitment: My client is an excellent, large partially ...
£90 - £140 per day: Tradewind Recruitment: I am currently working in partnersh...
£100 - £150 per day: Tradewind Recruitment: Year 3 Teacher Birmingham Jan 2015...
£45000 - £50000 per annum + Excellent benefits: Ashdown Group: Lead Web Develo...