Italian Coach Lippi

Out gay soccer players would ‘be exploited so much that it would end up negatively’

SOUNDBITES — “We’re not talking about a cultural question, but of a mechanism of interests for whom a relation of this type would enter into conflict. Even if from a cultural perspective people would approve and be able to understand and accept such a situation, it would nevertheless be exploited so much that it would end up negatively.” —Italy’s national soccer team coach Marcello Lippi, saying he’d refuse to let an out gay player on his team. Naturally, the comments aren’t sitting will with some.