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Italy declines comment on Cassano remarks on gays

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June 13, 2012 01:43 PM EST | AP


POZNAN, Poland — Italy coach Cesare Prandelli and his players are not commenting on Antonio Cassano's remarks on gay soccer players a day before their Euro match with Croatia.

Cassano said Tuesday that he hopes there are no homosexual players on the national team at the European Championship, then used a derogatory word to describe gays. Hours later, he issued a statement saying, "I'm sincerely sorry that my statements created controversy and protests from gay associations."

Prandelli says, "We don't want to sound discourteous – we've always been willing to take on any type of subject – but we'll return to that when we're calmer, not on the eve of a key match."