DailyMail wrote:Croatian Football Federation president Vlatko Markovic has caused a storm by claiming there was no place for homosexuals in the national team.
Gay and lesbian associations in the country have condemned his outburst and have told local media that they plan to sue the president for discrimination, and also report the 73-year-old to UEFA.
In an interview with Croatian national daily Vecernji List, Markovic, who managed Croatia between 1993-94, said: 'While I’m a president of the Croatian Football Federation, there will be no homosexuals playing in the national team.'
And when asked whether or not he had met any homosexual players during his career, he replied: 'Luckily, only normal people play football.'
KAHN wrote:'While I’m a president of the Croatian Football Federation, there will be no homosexuals playing in the national team.'
I wonder how will he determinate that?
CroCHEF wrote:and tell me is this normal
ZAGREB, CROATIA — The head of Croatian Football Federation apologized on Wednesday for saying in a newspaper interview that he would not allow a gay player on the national team.
Vlatko Markovic's remarks sparked protests in Croatia, with two gay groups planning to sue and complain to UEFA.
Markovic said he was "sorry for a clumsy interpretation. It was not my intention whatsoever to insult or hurt anyone."
Gay groups Kontra and Iskorak say on their websites that they will sue Markovic and report him to the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), saying his remarks are "discriminatory" and violate Croatian and international laws.
"I have nothing against members of any minority, least of all against those of same-sex orientation," Markovic said in a statement on the Croatia soccer federation's website. "Once again, I apologize to all those who were hurt."
Croatian media reported on Wednesday that Markovic could be fined or suspended by the Croatia soccer federation, whose statute bans any act of discrimination, if it receives an official complaint.
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