Norwegian player sent off for homophobic language towards opponent
A player in the second tier of Norwegian football received a red card this weekend for calling an opponent “gay”.
The head of Norwegian referees confirms that referees have been told to regard derogatory uses of the word as a red card offence.
A match between Sandnes Ulf and Bærum created national headlines when a Bærum-player received a straight red card for calling an opponent “gay”.
The offending player, Simen Juklerød, admitted after the game that he had used the word in a derogatory manner.
“I regret what I said. It was never my intention to offend him or anyone else. It happened in the heat of battle. A lot of things were said, and I took it way too far”, Juklerød told Norwegian newspaper VG after the match.
He added that he felt the referee was right in sending him off: “When you say something like that you should be punished. The referee did the right thing”.
The referee, Anders Gjemhus, would not confirm the exact words that were used, but he did confirm that Juklerød had been sent off for breaking the rules regarding use of offensive, insulting or abusive language.
The head of Norwegian referees, former World Cup and Champions League referee Terje Hauge, said today that Norwegian referees have agreed that a player calling another player “gay” in an insulting or offensive manner is to be considered a red card offence.
“If the referee can hear what has been said, if the referee feels that this is insulting or offensive language, then it should be a red card. So if someone says ‘you f****** gay’ or “you damned gay”, or whatever adjective that’s attached to it, then that should result in a red card,” Hauge explained.
“We don’t have a specific list of what words should be a red card and what words should be a yellow card, but specifically this thing of using “gay” as an insult is something we’ve discussed and we’ve agreed that if we hear it, if it’s our interpretation that it’s insulting or offensive, then it’s a red card”.
Hauge went on to explain that the decision to treat the homophobic remark as a red card offence has come after a player only received a yellow card for a similar incidence a few years back.
He added: “It is something that’s been discussed several times after an incident a couple of years ago when a yellow card was given in a similar situation. We’ve agreed that if this word is used in an insulting or offensive manner then it is a red card, and we’ve told our referees that if they hear it clearly and there is no doubt about what’s been said then it should be punished with a red card”.
From The Mirror