TENNIS star Fabio Fognini apologised for utilizing a homophobic slur – and blamed the 30°C warmth on the Olympics in Tokyo.
The fiery Italian went down 6-2 3-6 6-2 to world No2 Daniil Medvedev on Wednesday within the males’s singles.
Fabio Fognini used an anti-gay slur to berate himself throughout his Tokyo 2020 Olympics defeatCredit score: Reuters
And all through the third-round match, Fognini repeatedly berated himself as a ‘frocio’ – an anti-gay time period in Italian.
The 34-year-old, thirty first within the ATP tennis rankings, took to social media to express regret.
He wrote on Instagram: “The warmth went to my head.
“In at this time’s match I used a very silly expression in direction of myself.
“Clearly I did not wish to offend anybody’s sensibilities.
“I really like the LGBT group and I apologize for the nonsense that got here out of me.”
Fognini isn’t any stranger to controversy.
In 2017, he was booted out of the US Open for insulting an umpire.
Two years later, the previous world No9 wished a ‘bomb would explode’ at Wimbledon then bought into spat with Andy Murray, with the Brit brutally telling his opponent to ‘shut up’.
And simply three months in the past, Fognini was defaulted from the Barcelona Open – once more for verbal abuse.
Medvedev was additionally within the eye of a storm after his feedback following the win.
He wanted two medical time-outs within the intense temperatures and humidity in Tokyo.
Medvedev stated: “I can end the match, however I can die. If I die, who will take duty?”
He additionally blasted a journalist for suggesting the Russian Olympic Committee group are ‘carrying a stigma of cheaters’ on the Video games.
The Australian Open runner-up raged: “I feel you need to [remove] him from both the Olympic Games, both the tennis match.
“I do not wanna see him once more in my interviews. Thanks.”
Daniil Medvedev claimed he might have died within the Tokyo warmthCredit score: EPA
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