Former Spanish national team goalkeeper Iker Casillas, 2010 world champion, claimed on Sunday 9 October that his Twitter account was hacked after a message was posted with his certified account claiming to be homosexual.
“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, reacted this Sunday afternoon, after deleting the previous message.
Cuenta hacked. Por suerte todo en order. Disculpas a todos puts followers. Y por supuesto, más disculpas a la comunidad LGTB. ?
—Iker Casillas (@IkerCasillas) October 9, 2022
During the day, the following message was posted on his Twitter account: “I hope you will respect me: I’m gay”. Later, his former teammate in the Spanish selection Carles Puyol responded with an ironic message, suggesting that it was not a real announcement: “It’s time to tell our relationship, Iker”, wrote Puyol. accompanying his message with emoticons. Iker Casillas, former top goalkeeper of Real Madrid and the Spanish selection, has been a key figure in Spanish sport since the historic Euro-World-Euro hat-trick obtained by “Roja” between 2008 and 2012.
His highly publicized relationship with journalist Sara Carbonero, whom he 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.
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 the Australian league (A-League). “Iker Casillas and Carles Puyol joke and have fun about 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 legends of the sport who enjoy coming out and the 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’m a footballer and I’m 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.