German players too light in the sneakers?
A controversy erupted overseas - and triggered alot of macho banter in football locker-rooms - after Captain Michael Ballack's agent reportedly characterized soccer studs on Germany's World Cup team as a "bunch of gays".
According to Der Spiegel, Michael Becker uttered up the startling dish a couple of months ago.
And, the titillating quip, was not just a flippant off-the-cuff jab either.
According to Aleksander Osang - a journalist for the Magazine - Becker confided which players on the team were gay in an interview he gave just shy of their third placement in the World Cup Series.
In what amounts to an absurd notion, in my estimation, he referred to one player as "half-gay".
In the event it wasn't evident to fans of the sport, the "homo" factor has contributed to the team's new style of playing, too.
"Joachim Low's style is more graceful than the team's previous more aggressive style."
But, don't use the word, swishy!
A bit light in the heels, perhaps?
"All sports journalists seemed to already know the alleged homosexual conspiracies enveloping Löw's team. The rumours accompanied our team to South Africa and evidently belong to the team," Osang summed up smugly.
To what end?
Maybe we shouldn't go there!
In response, Becker noted for the record, that the scuttlebutt was not authorized for publication.
However, soccer's bad boy has not denied his alleged musings to Osang (who claims to have jotted them down for posterity in his notebook verbatim).
The notion intrigues a handful of gay socceer fans; after all, Germany has never had an out gay top-level footballer.
The curious don't have to venture far for the reason why.
In March, former German football manager Rudi Assauer outraged and angered many after taking the old-fashioned 50's era position that gay men should not play football because they would be ridiculed.
If found "out", I expect Aussauer would have issued a pink slip and sent them packing, eh?
Male bonding in sports?