UEFA has fined Italy forward Antonio Cassano for his comments about gay players at the European Championship.

UEFA says Cassano was fined ?15,000 ($18,250) for making ''a discriminatory press statement'' at an official media event in Poland last month.

Cassano told reporters during a press conference he hoped there were no homosexual players on the Italian national squad, and then used a derogatory word to describe gays.

When an Italian reporter suggested there were gay players on the team, Cassano appeared at a loss for words before responding.

''That's their problem, but I hope not,'' he said.

Cassano can appeal the decision that was announced Friday.