Antonio Cassano’s remarks about gay footballers made during the European Championships have earned him a €15,000 fine from UEFA.
The Milan forward caused controversy in Italy for his response to being asked during a Press conference at Euro 2012 about the possibility that some of his teammates were gay.
Cassano’s use of an offensive term drew much of the criticism, as he was forced to later publicly apologise.
UEFA have investigated the incident as it took place during one of their tournament news conferences and have handed the player a €15,000 penalty.
“Following the opening of disciplinary proceedings against Italy's Antonio Cassano for a discriminatory press statement (Art. 11bis of the Disciplinary Regulations) during UEFA EURO 2012, the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body has decided to impose a fine of €15,000 on the player,” read a statement posted on UEFA’s official website.
“An appeal can be lodged against this decision within three days of the dispatch of the full written decision.”