MEDIA RELEASE for immediate release. 21/02/2012.
THE SPECIAL ONE IN GAY SLUR ROW.
The Coach of Spanish Super club REAL MADRID and former Chelsea ‘special one’ Jose Mourinho has found himself at the centre of a gay slur row following footage showing him making comments while he kicked a ball around on a winter clad pitch in Moscow prior to a Champions league tie.
It’s understood that cameras followed Mr Mourinho though the stadium out onto the pitch wear questions were raised around what colour ball the teams would play with. With film still rolling the statement in Portuguese was clearly herd saying ‘’Y esos maricones….No dicen con que balon se juega?’’ which when translated is ‘’And those faggots….do not say that you play ball?’’
Founding Director of LGBT campaign and activist group JUST A BALL GAME? Lindsay England has condemned the slur, calling it ‘’un-necessary and inappropriate language.’’
‘’As fans of the game both LGBT and straight the world over are this week celebrating the lives of LGBT players, coaches, managers, etc under the banner of FOOTBALL v HOMOPHOBIA http://www.footballvhomophobia.com/ comments such as this from high profile and well respected people within the game highlight how much work and education there is still needed to be done.’’
‘’There have been a number of coaches, managers and former managers in the past several years who have made these type of comments and it’s hoped that European governing body UEFA will hold Mr Mourinho accountable and implement the correct fines and disciplinary action.’’
Film of Mourinho making the slur can be found here:
Lindsay England. justaballgame.blogspot.com