Adelaide United’s Josh Cavallo (22) is the only open male gay footballer in the world after appearing in October. Now he talks about homophobic incitement during the match against Melbourne Victory on Saturday.
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– I will not pretend that I did not see or hear all the homophobic comments last night. I have no words to describe how disappointed I am, Cavallo writes in a longer post Twitter.
The Australian emerged as the first openly gay male footballer in the world in October.
– I want to promote a message to show that it does not matter who you are, what you believe in or what culture or background you come from. Everyone is accepted in football, Cavallo told Sky Sports in October.
Adelaide United played against Melbourne Victory on Saturday. On Sunday, Cavallo says that he experienced homophobic agitation during the match.
– This should not be acceptable, and we must do more to hold people accountable. As a society, this shows that we are still facing these problems in 2022, the football player writes.
The Australian A-League says they are shocked and saddened to hear the reports of homophobic incitement and will investigate Cavallo’s allegations.
– There is no place for bullying, harassment or abuse in Australian football, and we have zero tolerance for this behavior, they write in a press release.
Adelaide and Victory also condemn the incitement that Cavallo says he was subjected to.
– The club is committed to celebrating diversity in football, and strongly condemns this behavior that has no place in the club or in our football, Victory writes and continues:
Melbourne Victory sees football as a platform to unite fans regardless of background. Spectators who have broken these standards will be banned from future matches.
Adelaide United CEO Nathan Kosmina has also commented on the incitement against Cavallo:
– We are appalled by the outrage Josh received at AAMI Park. Adelaide United is proud to be an inclusive and diverse football club, and to see one of our players exposed to homophobic incitement is disappointing.