Gay Players Cost Germany World Cup: Soccer Agent
Comments spark uproar
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 14, 2010 2:04 AM CDT
Updated Jul 14, 2010 6:50 AM CDT
Germany's Sami Khedira, top left, celebrates after scoring with his teammates Per Mertesacker, center, and Mesut Oezil during the World Cup third-place soccer match between Germany and Uruguay.   (AP Photo/Roberto Candia)

(Newser) – The agent for the captain of Germany's national soccer team has blamed "gay players" for the nation's failure to capture a World Cup title, sparking a firestorm of criticism. Michael Becker, who represents captain Michael Ballack, scoffed at the "bunch of gays" on the World Cup team in an interview with Der Spiegel. Becker attributed the team's more elegant and agile play to their homosexuality, and said that style over German teams' more traditional aggressive approach cost the athletes a place in the World Cup finals.

Becker also said other players were "jealous" of Ballack, who was photographed for Vanity Fair, because they were "mediocre, ugly, untalented, bureaucratic, provincial, unmanly or gay," noted reporter Alexander Osang. A spokesman for another German team blasted Becker's remarks, saying the club has "absolutely no resentment toward homosexuals." German national coach Joachim Löw refused to respond, saying he would "not stoop so low." Germany's World Cup team has been hailed for being the youngest in 76 years and more ethnically diverse than ever, notes the Guardian.

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pippasarkissian
Jul 16, 2010 6:54 AM CDT
God, this is absolutely ridiculous. The German team does not need Michael Ballack anymore and that pisses him off. Whether someone is gay or not doesn't affect the way he plays. The German team has played a great tournament - without Michael Ballack. Phillip Lahm has done a good job as captain and even though we haven't scored the World Cup, oru play has improved a lot and I deem this as more important than taking the cup home. I can't stop laughing at this comment: Becker also said other players were "jealous" of Ballack, who was photographed for Vanity Fair, because they were "mediocre, ugly, untalented, bureaucratic, provincial, unmanly or gay," If anyone is jealous it is Michael Ballack, who didn't get the chance to prance around on the field and get praise for a good play. I think the way we've played has improved other countries opinions of Germany and this is, in my opinion, much more important than the cup. Germany didn't get into the final because Spain played better and I think we can still be proud of our results. The young team has proved itself at the WC and that without a grown man who is now behaving like a little child who's been robbed of it's sand shovel. Blaming it on homosexuality is just weak, sad and shows how much we do not need a Michael Ballack. If he was smart enough he'd just relinquish the captains armband and resign with dignity.
JohnEd
Jul 15, 2010 3:33 PM CDT
Oh, wait, the OTHER guys are gay.... is that why 'merkins don't like futball?
JohnEd
Jul 15, 2010 3:31 PM CDT
Stoke the OVENS!