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Pippo Inzaghi Speaks out on Kalispera!

January 6, 2011

In a recent episode of Kalispera!, the new Italian Canale 5 talk show hosted by Alfonso Signorini, current AC Milan striker Filippo “Pippo” Inzaghi commented on individuality and expression at the high-level Italian club.  He noted that a incoming player knows that “he has to behave in a certain manner, otherwise he will become marginalized from the group and will have very little space to express himself.”  A follow-up question asked about gays in football, given the level of conformitiy implied.  Inzaghi said, “Someone in their life has to make their own choices… You can be a good footballer and also gay.”

Although homosexuality was referred inaccurately as a “choice,” the interview between Signorini, an openly gay, well-known media personality and the Italian football legend is a positive.  Coming from a year when player’s associations in England refused to participate in an anti-homophobia campaign run by their own Football Association, having high-profile players such as Philip LahmMario Gomez and now Pippo being quoted in the press about the issue may prove to be an effective step towards normalization and social acceptance for other players, clubs and the public.  The effects of a television program that goes into people’s homes is even a more effective medium.  The reaction from the host and studio audience was supportive and hopefully other interviewers will ask the questions and raise the issue.  Keeping the discussion open is essential for spreading knowledge and ending hate.

-CLH

[original article]

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Pammie permalink
    January 8, 2011 2:10 pm

    This is great! I hope more footballers will speak out in support!

  2. Emily84 permalink
    January 25, 2011 5:41 pm

    O_O
    This seriously comes as a total surprise to me. Being Italian, I’m used to footballers dodging the question or making some stupid homophobic/sexist comments when confronted with the issue.
    Words like Pippo’s, coming from an Italian footballer in the context of Italian football, are somewhat unthinkable – or were, until I read this article. I think it’s a great step forward – even thought I barely think someone noticed here, these words do have a resonance in the hearts of those who care.
    Thank you for sharing this, I feel a little prouder of being Italian now! 😀 (And Pippo gains millions of points on my personal footballers-I-like list 😀 )

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