The 29-year-old AC Milan striker claimed he hoped there were no homosexuals in the Italy squad at Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine.
“Poofs in the national team? That’s their problem. But I hope not,”
Cassano’s comments came when he asked for his view on a newspaper article, claiming that two Italian players were gay.
He quickly responded to a backlash from gay rights groups, releasing a statement insisting he had been misinterpreted.
“I sincerely regret that my statements have sparked controversy and protest from gay rights groups,” Cassano said.
“Homophobia is a sentiment that is not mine. I did not want to offend anyone and I can not question the sexual freedom of other people. “I only said that it is a problem that does not concern me and it is not for me to pass judgment on the choices of others, who are all respected.”