Former Actual Madrid and Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas has deleted a tweet that stated he was homosexual – saying his account was hacked.
Casillas tweeted in Spanish: “I hope you respect me: I am homosexual,” earlier than his former Spain team-mate Carlos Puyol replied: “It is time to inform our story.”
The tweet was stay for greater than an hour earlier than being deleted.
Casillas later tweeted: “Hacked account. Fortunately all the pieces so as. Apologies to all my followers.”
The tweet added: “After all, extra apologies to the LGBT neighborhood.”
Casillas break up from his spouse Sara Carbonero final March. They’ve two kids.
Earlier than Casillas’ preliminary tweet was deleted, Adelaide United participant Josh Cavallo, who came out last October, criticised Casillas and Puyol for apparently joking about popping out.
“Joking and making enjoyable out of popping out in soccer is disappointing,” Cavallo tweeted.
“It is a tough journey that any LGBTQ+ individuals need to undergo. To see my function fashions and legends of the sport make enjoyable out of popping out and my neighborhood is past disrespectful.”
Few high-profile present or former male gamers have ever come out as brazenly homosexual within the sport.
Earlier this yr, teenager Jake Daniels turned the primary skilled within the UK males’s sport for greater than 30 years to come back out whereas nonetheless enjoying.
The 17-year-old Blackpool participant said the decision would enable him to be “free and assured”.
Casillas, who retired in 2020, joined Actual Madrid aged 9 and made 725 appearances for the membership throughout a 16-year profession on the Bernabeu, profitable three Champions League titles and 5 La Liga crowns.
He moved to Porto in 2015, profitable two Primeira Liga titles and one Portuguese Cup, however his enjoying profession ended after he suffered a coronary heart assault throughout coaching in April 2019. He later joined the membership’s teaching employees.
In addition to profitable the 2010 World Cup, he helped Spain to 2 successive European Championships in 2008 and 2012, and gained 167 caps between 2000 and 2016.