The former goalkeeper from Real Madrid and Spain apologized to the LGBT community, claimed his account had been hacked, but the message on Sunday gained traction on social media and had over 100,000 likes by the time it was deleted.
Among the thousands of responses was one from the verified account of Casillas’ former Spain teammate and ex-Barcelona defender Carles Puyolwhich read: “It’s time to tell our story, Iker.”
Puyol also apologized afterwards, saying it was a “clumsy joke”, but the two tweets have been criticized and Bronze also believes some of the reactions to the messages were “not normal”.
Compared to men’s soccer, there are a number of openly gay players in the women’s game, and Bronze wants social media to be more welcoming to conversations about the topic.
“Obviously nobody knew it was a joke at first,” said the England international. “Because the reaction was not normal, whether it was from social media, from fans, from people commenting – whether it was a joke or not, I don’t know Casillas, so I don’t know.
“I don’t know the ins and outs, but I think it shows that there’s still a lot of education and still a lot of conversations that need to be had to make the world and social media a better place and more comfortable to have open conversations. , when they are right and when they are not.”
Bronze, who signed for Barcelona in June, is on the brink of his 100th England cap and could bring up the milestone on Tuesday when the European champions host the Czech Republic in Brighton.
It’s a feat the former Manchester City, Lyon and Liverpool defender never thought she would achieve due to injury.
“I was told when I was 20 years old that I didn’t want to play past 27 and I’m 30 so I’m not too bad,” she said.
“I think that’s why I never set a goal of 100 caps for England, I just wanted to play as much as possible. But yeah, I guess I’ve just had to work hard on being focused, doing everything right and just hope for the best and obviously I’ve had a pretty successful career with the things I’ve done and my knee injuries haven’t held me back too much.
“I guess it’s just part of the game, injuries. It happens to all the best players and all the players who play.
“It happened for England – you get hit with injuries, that’s just part of it and how you overcome it and how you use it as motivation I suppose.”