Appearing on BBC Radio 5 live, Phil Brown is asked by the interviewer:
“I mean if you got some of those players in front of you, would you advise them to go and play abroad: To go and try Spain, to go and try Italy, to go and try Germany?”
Phil Brown responds:
“Well no, I’m in agreement with what John’s saying. I think the Premier League is the best league in the world and I think that’s the reason why we’re attracting the better foreign players, but, you know, why for the life of me isn’t the likes of Pirlo played in England, you know? Is he just homophobic?
Is he just Italian through and through and doesn’t want to leave them?”
The YouTube video has so far had over 100,000 views.
As reported in The Telegraph
Pirlo was Italy’s outstanding player in the Euro 2012 quarterfinal match against England, which Italy won 4-2 in a penalty shootout.
Various reports including those of ‘This is Hull and East Riding
’ and The Telegraph
have speculated that he may have meant to say ‘homesick’. However, this seems unlikely. He may have confused the word with ‘xenophobic’ or another politically correct cliché such as ‘racist’.