Italian football chief Felice Belloli sacked for 'lesbian' comments

Milan: The president of Italy’s amateur footall federation, Felice Belloli, was sacked from his post following reports he made homophobic comments against women footballers, according to reports.

Felice Belloli
Felice Belloli

Belloli became the subject of an Italian football federation (FIGC) inquest last week following the comments, which were reported to management at the FIGC.

The FIGC held a meeting in Rome on Thursday and Belloli, according to a website report on La Gazzetta dello Sport, was “voted out” of his post.

Belloli’s comments, made on March 5, came to light last week in a report on, which had obtained a trancript of the meeting. He is reported to have said during a meeting on women’s football: “That’s enough, we can’t keep on talking about giving money to these four lesbians.”

In denial mode
Belloli denied he had made the comments but FIGC president Carlo Tavecchio immediately underlined the threat to Belloli’s position. “If Belloli has said these things, then it’s serious. These words are hateful and unacceptable,” said Tavecchio, a former president of the federation.

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