Football: Iker Casillas and Carles Puyol make their “coming out”, a joke that doesn’t pass

Former Spanish national team goalkeeper Iker Casillas, 2010 world champion, said on Sunday that his Twitter account was hacked after a message was posted with his verified account saying he was gay.

“Account hacked. Fortunately, everything is back to normal. I’m sorry to all my followers. And of course, I apologize to the LGBT community.”Casillas (41) replied on Sunday afternoon, after having deleted the previous message.

Cuenta hacked. Por suerte todo en order. Disculpas a todos puts followers. Y por supuesto, más disculpas a la comunidad LGTB. \ ud83d \ ude4f

—Iker Casillas (@IkerCasillas) October 9, 2022

During the day, the following message was posted on his Twitter account: “I hope you respect me: I’m gay”. Afterward, his former Spain teammate Carles Puyol responded with an ironic message, suggesting it wasn’t a real announcement: “Time to tell our relationship, Iker”Puyol wrote, accompanying his message with emoticons.

“I was wrong”

“I was wrong. Sorry for this joke with no bad intentions and absolutely irrelevant. I understand that I may have hurt some sensibilities. All my respect and support for the LGBTIQA + community.”Puyol in turn apologized on Twitter.

Me he misunderstands. Perdón por una broma torpe sin ninguna mala intentción y absolutely fuera de lugar. Entiendo que puede haber herido sensibilidades. Todo respect me and apoyo a la comunidad LGTBIQA +

—Carles Puyol (@ Carles5puyol) October 9, 2022

Iker Casillas, former top goalkeeper for Real Madrid and the Spanish selection, has been a key figure in Spanish sport since the historic Euro-World-Euro hat-trick obtained by the “Roja” between 2008 and 2012. His highly publicized relationship with the journalist Sara Carbonero, who had kissed live immediately after the planetary coronation in South Africa, had delighted the gazettes, before their sensational separation in 2021. The couple had two children. According to several observers, Iker Casillas could have posted these messages in response to different media that make the cabbage of his new romantic relationships.

Messages posted on Casillas and Puyol’s accounts reacted to Joshua Cavallo, the only openly homosexual footballer to play in a first division league in Australia (A-League). “Iker Casillas and Carles Puyol joke and have fun on the subject of coming out in football, it’s sad. It’s a difficult passage that anyone in the LGBTQ + community has to go through. Look at my role models and the legends of the sport who enjoy coming out and my community is beyond disrespect “wrote Cavallo.

A year ago, in October 2021, the then 21-year-old midfielder posted a video on social media in which he said: “I am a footballer and I am gay”. It had been viewed seven million times in 24 hours. In Spain, the third country in the world to have authorized same-sex marriage, in 2005 opening up to LGBT + people (lesbian, gay, bi and trans) remains a taboo in professional men’s football. No player active in La Liga has taken the plunge to date.

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