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Cassano: I hope there are no gay players on the Italy team

The controversial striker stated that if there were any homosexual members of the Azzurri squad then it would be "their problem"

Italy international Antonio Cassani could be in hot water after admitting that he hopes he has no gay teammates at the international level.

The 29-year-old striker was asked his opinion about homosexuality in football - a hot topic of debate in the country in recent times - and was typically forthright in his response.

"If there are gay people in the national team? That is their problem," Cassano noted. "But I hope not...

"If I say what I really think, it would be chaos."

The AC Milan man also had his say on the current situation surrounding Thiago Silva's proposed move from San Siro to Paris Saint-Germain, and hinted that he may leave the club himself.

"My future? Now I am focused on the Euros, then I will think if I stay at Milan or if I go," he told reporters at a press conference.

"Thiago Silva? It would be criminal to sell him. I have not spoken with Zlatan Ibrahimovic for a month, but he is right about Thiago Silva.

"He is the best in his position, without him we lose 50 percent of the squad. He should not be sold for any offer."

The Azzurri kicked off their Euro 2012 campaign with a 1-1 draw against defending champions Spain, and Cassano stated that he is happy with the team's response after suffering a 3-0 defeat against Russia in the build-up to the tournament.

"Italy are one of the favorites," the Milan striker affirmed. "But after the match against Russia, everybody said that a disaster was on the way.

"The most important thing is to keep following our path and hope to go as far as possible."

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