With the recent focus on racism in football, the fight against homophobia in the game has been overlooked by some. But, Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho reminded us of this other scourge during international Football v Homophobia week in the wrong sort of way while inspecting the frozen plastic pitch in Moscow ahead of Real's Champions League match against CSKA earlier this week.
As he lamented the state of the turf in front of a camera for Spain's Cuatro, Mourinho referred to absent match officials as "maricones" (definition here), a homophobic slur that Mourinho apparently intended as a general (which is common in Spain). Said Louise Englefield, co-president of the European Gay and Lesbian Sports Federation to The Mirror:
"It's totally unacceptable as far as we're concerned.
"UEFA need to do something about it.
"The English FA are now dealing homophobia in the same way as racism and we would call on UEFA to do the same.
"I would hope UEFA would want to sanction homophobia exactly as they would with racism."
Of all the things you could call UEFA officials, Jose. Disappointing.
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