Croatian football president condemned for homophobic slur
Croatian gay and lesbian associations have condemned Croatian Football Federation president Vlatko Markovic after he said there was no place for homosexuals in the national team.
“While I’m a president of the Croatian Football Federation, there will be no homosexuals playing in the national team,” Vlatko Markovic said in an interview with Croatian national daily Vecernji List.
Asked whether in his career he has met a homosexual footballer, he has replied:
“Luckily, only normal people play football.”
Gay and lesbian associations have informed the Croatian media that they will sue the Football Federation President for discrimination. They also intend to report Vlatko Markovic to UEFA.
The Croatian national football team is in the top ten of the FIFA world ranking.
Kick It Out chair Lord Herman Ouseley said:
“Kick It Out is fundamentally opposed to comments like this which are not only at odds with our own philosophy of championing diversity and equality in football, but also with a growing pan-European movement of the acceptance of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community in football and in sport more widely.
“We echo the sentiments of our partners in Europe such as Football Against Racism Europe (FARE) and European Gay & Lesbian Sport Federation (EGLSF) in condemning these remarks.”
From: Croatian Times