Dinamo Zagreb executive claims 'gay people are for ballet'
The executive vice president of top Croatian team Dinamo Zagreb has added to the growing controversy over homophobia in Croatian football.
Zdravko Mamic was quoted as responding to the president of Croatian Football Federation Vlatko Markovic’s comments that gay people should not play in the national team by saying “I would not have gay people playing in my national team either.”
Mamic continued: “Gay people are for ballet. They can be journalists or writers. They would never put their head in front of a football boot.”
Croatian Football Federation president Vlatko Markovic made headlines all over the world recently after being quoted in the daily Vecernji List as saying: “While I’m a president of the Croatian Football Federation, there will be no homosexuals playing in the national team”.
Gay and lesbian associations have announced their intention to sue him. Mr. Markovic later tried to explain he was wrongly quoted.