Antonio Cassano has released a statement attempting to calm the furore over his statements. “I am not homophobic and didn’t want to offend anyone.”
The Italy and Milan star used a particularly offensive word in today’s Press conference  when asked whether there were any gay players in the squad.
“I am sincerely sorry if my comments sparked controversy and protests among gay rights associations,” read the statement issued this evening.
“Homophobia is not something that is part of my nature. I didn’t want to offend anyone and I absolutely do not want to put anyone’s sexual freedom under duress.
“I only said that it’s a problem that has nothing to do with me and I do not judge the choices of others, which should be respected.”
Author Alessandro Cecchi Paone increased the attention over this issue by stating he "had a relationship with one of the players in this team and he told me who the other gay player was, which is why I know there are two. 
“Cesare Prandelli knows who the homosexuals are."