Casillas cornered by sports authorities after false exit from the closet

Iker Casillas, legendary former Real Madrid and Spain goalkeeper, is in the crosshairs of the Spanish Higher Sports Council (CSD) after his false uncovering on Twitter last Sunday.

Iker Casillas’ message takes a political turn. The Higher Sports Council of Spain (CSD), the body in charge of executing the Government’s sports policy, has pointed out the former goalkeeper of Real Madrid and the Spanish team after the false revelation of him on Twitter last Sunday. The CSD published a photo of the facade of its building in the colors of the rainbow, a symbol of the LGBT movement, with an explicit message: “Much to do, to advance, to educate and raise awareness. We will continue. Happy Sunday.”

On Sunday afternoon, Casillas posted a message on Twitter that seemed to reveal his homosexuality: “I hope you respect me: I’m gay. Happy Sunday.” His former teammate, Carles Puyol, had responded: “It’s time to tell our story.” Casillas eventually deleted that massively shared post. The Spanish press evoked, at first, a joke in bad taste by Casillas who, fed up with the rumors that he had a relationship with Shakira and then with the actress Alejandra Onieva, would have chosen to deny them in this way.

The apologies of Casillas and Puyol

The former goalkeeper brought another version by ensuring that his account had been hacked. “My account has been hacked, he assured. Fortunately everything is in order. My apologies to all my followers. And of course, more apologies to the LGBT community.”

Carles Puyol himself assumed that he knowingly wrote his message and apologized for it after deleting it. “I was wrong, wrote the former FC Barcelona defender. Sorry for this clumsy, ill-intentioned, and totally inappropriate joke. I understand that he may have offended sensitivities. All my respect and support for the LGTBIQA+ community.”

The two former Spanish soccer legends have angered many Internet users, public opinion and the LGBT community. Joshua Cavallo, a player from Adelaide (Australia) who had come out publicly in October 2021, notably criticized the very lightness of these colleagues on this subject. “Seeing Iker Casillas and Carles Puyol joke and laugh at their coming out is disappointing. It’s a difficult journey every LGBTQ+ person has to go through. Seeing my role models and football legends laughing at their coming out is more than a lack of respect”.

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