European football's governing body on Friday said it had fined
Italy forward Antonio Cassano for homophobic comments he made
during a news conference at Euro 2012.
UEFA said in a statement on its website that it had fined the
striker 15,000 euros ($18,400, Â£11,700) fine for a
"discriminatory press statement" during the tournament, without
referring to the words he used.
Cassano caused outrage among gay rights campaigners after a news
conference on June 12 during which he used a derogatory word to
describe homosexuals and said that he hoped there were no gay
players in the Italian national team.
Homosexuality in sport and particularly football is a sensitive
There are no high-profile openly gay footballers in the major
European leagues and many gay rights groups have called for
someone to take a stand and become the first.
UEFA said AC Milan forward Cassano can appeal against the fine
within three days of receiving a formal written confirmation of