Sweden international Tobias Hysen has called for Antonio Cassano to be investigated, after the Italian’s comments regarding gay footballers.
Hysen said he feels the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) should take action after Cassano said he hoped he had no gay team-mates.
Hysen, who is the half-brother of openly gay footballer Anton Hysen, is adamant that a man of the AC Milan striker’s standing should not be making such statements.
“It is difficult to know how to deal with things like this,” he told Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet.
“Everyone must remember that this was just one person saying something like that, but the Italian Football Federation must look into it.
“I don’t understand how a role model such as Antonio Cassano can say something like that. It is sad.
“Someone who is playing at that level cannot say something like that.”
This is not the first time the Italy camp has been engulfed in criticism over the issue; coach Cesare Prandelli had earlier called for gay players to come out, but Udinese striker Antonio Di Natale claimed that such a thing would be almost impossible.
Cassano has since apologised for his comments and said he is not homophobic.
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