Karl Fredrik “Freddie” Ljungberg has said opponents called him gay.

The 35-year-old Ljungberg retired from professional soccer earlier this year. He was captain of the Swedish football team from 1998 to 2008. He went on to play on two U.S. teams, the Seattle Sounders FC and Chicago Fire, followed by stints in Scotland and Japan.

In an interview with CNN, Ljungberg linked racism in the game with other forms of bullying.

“There's another thing to it as well. Like where do you draw the line or how far do you go. Because if you look at on the football field there's a lot of things said from say stands and this and that, for example, and it's not a problem for some, falls off me, like for example I was called gay from a lot of opponents and this and that during my [career]. And they had a history of problems and then you don't go for everything that's like discriminating and a minority, whatever you want to call it. It's very hard I think for the people in charge what is really, really bad and what is not bad,” he said.

Rival fans often serenaded Ljungberg, who has previously denied rumors he's gay, with an unflattering mantra to the tune of the Village People's Go West.