Adelaide United’s Josh Cavallo on Sunday denounced homophobic abuse against him in a draw against Melbourne Victory in the A-League, saying he had “no words” to describe his disappointment.
Cavallo became the first active A-League player to come out https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/cavallo-becomes-first-active-a-league-player-come-out-gay-2021- 10-27 as gay in October, enjoying the support of professional colleagues around the world. “I’m not going to pretend I didn’t see or hear the homophobic abuse in last night’s game,” Cavallo said on Instagram. “There are no words to tell you how disappointed I was.
“It shouldn’t be okay and we need to do more to empower people. I will never apologize for living my truth and more recently who I am outside of football.”
Cavallo also urged Instagram, the social media platform owned by Meta Platforms Inc, to step up its efforts to tackle online abuse. “For Instagram, I don’t want a child or an adult to have to receive the hateful and hurtful messages that I have received,” Cavallo said.
“I really knew who I am that I was going to stumble upon this. It’s a sad reality that your platforms aren’t doing enough to stop these messages.” Adelaide and Victory released statements condemning the abuse suffered by Cavallo, saying they were working with Australian professional leagues to investigate the incident.
“Adelaide United are proud to be an inclusive and diverse football club, and to see one of our players experiencing homophobic abuse is disappointing and upsetting,” the club said https://adelaideunited.com.au/news / adelaide-united- condemns-the-homophobic-abuse-of-josh-cavallo. “We will continue to work with the Australian professional leagues and Melbourne Victory to identify perpetrators and prosecute them accordingly.”
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