Replying to an Italian reporter who stated there may be gay players on the team, Antonio Cassano said, while beginning with a derogatory word used to describe gays, "Q----- in the national team? That's their business. But I hope not." The Italian journalist asked the question while citing a book titled: "The champion in love. The banned games of sport." Also an Italy Forward, Antonio Di Natale said after the books release that gay soccer players should not reveal their orientation.