Ex-Hull City boss Phil Brown calls Andrea Pirlo 'homophobic' for staying in Italy
A clip of Phil Brown accidentally suggesting Italian playmaker Andrea Pirlo is "homophobic" for never having played in the Premier League has become an internet sensation.
The former Hull City boss was being interviewed by BBC Radio 5 Live when he mused about the reasons Pirlo, England's chief tormentor in Sunday's Euro 2012 quarter-final, had never left Italy.
"I think the Premier League is the best league in the world," he said when asked about England's Euro 2012 failure.
"I think that's why we're attracting the better foreign players. Why hasn't Pirlo played in England?
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"Is he just homophobic? Is he Italian through and through and doesn't want to leave them?"
Poor Phil may have meant to say "homesick" when he got his words mixed up in an apparent tongue-twister with "Anglophobic".
One of Brown's former players, Caleb Folan, tweeted of the gaffe: "Miss these Phil Brown moments! :)".
Brown managed the Tigers between 2006-2010, taking the club to the top flight for the first time in its history. He was briefly linked with a return to the KC last month before Steve Bruce's appointment.