Friday, December 6, 2013

Gennaro Gattuso: Women have no place in soccer

Rino Gattuso is under fire after making comments about women in soccer.  (Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)

Gennaro Gattuso, a former midfielder for A.C. Milan and Rangers F.C., made a sexist comment recently that I bet he wishes he could take back.

Basically, Gattuso believes there is no place for women in soccer. His controversial comment was triggered after Milan chief executive Adriano Galliano agreed to share to share his role with Barbara Berlusconi, daughter of club president Silvio Berlusconi.

“For someone like Galliani there should be more respect,” Reuters reported Gattuso as telling Italy’s Radio Radio, via

“I can’t really see women in football. I don’t like to say it but that’s how it is.”


Gattuso is already receiving considering backlash for the ill-advised statement. It's one thing to actually believe such an erroneous premise. It's quite another to divulge that belief to the rest of the public.

All in all, Gattuso spent 13 years with Milan, helping the club win two Champion Leagues titles, two Series A titles and the Coppa Italian. With his playing career behind him, Gennaro has entered management this year, but has already been sacked twice by Swiss club FC Sion and Palermo. 

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