Australia’s first openly gay footballer, Josh Cavallo, criticized Iker Casillas for being “beyond disrespectful” and joking about his coming out after a message on the Australian’s (NYSE: TWTR ) Twitter account exporter from Spain and Real Madrid said he was gay.
A tweet on Casillas’ official account on Sunday read: “I hope they respect me: I’m gay,” to which former Barcelona defender Carles Puyol replied: “It’s time to tell about us, Iker.” The post on Casillas’ account was later deleted and he said his account had been hacked and apologized to his fans and the LGBT community, as did Puyol for what he said was a joke.
Cavallo criticized the Spanish duo for making fun of the subject.
“@IkerCasillas and @Carles5puyol joking and making fun of coming out in football is disappointing,” Cavallo, who became the first active A-League player to come out as gay last year, said on Twitter.
“It’s a difficult phase that any LGBTQ+ person has to go through. Seeing my role models and game legends make fun of my coming out and my community is beyond disrespectful,” Cavallo said.
Casillas and Puyol did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Spanish media point out that Casillas’ initial post on Twitter could have been a response to speculation about his private life after his separation from Sara Carbonero last year.