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FGG condemns Croatian football president

Intolerance and ignorant comment by the president of the Croatian Football Federation is not acceptable in sport


10 November, 2010

Vlatko Markovic , President of the Croatian Football Federation
SAN FRANCISCO — The international Federation of Gay Games strongly condemns the declaration made by Vlatko Markovic, President of the Croatian Football Federation, in a recent interview with Croatian newspaper Vecernji List.

In this interview, Mr. Markovic declared that there was no place for gay players on the national side, stating "While I'm a president of the Croatian Football Federation, there will be no homosexuals playing in the national team". When asked whether in his career he has met a homosexual footballer, he replied: "Luckily, only normal people play football".

Emy Ritt (Paris), co-president of the FGG, said of Markovic: "These comments are totally unacceptable and represent language and thinking that we hoped were no longer found in any sports official, let alone the president of a national sports federation. We support our member organizations qSport Croatia and the International Gay and Lesbian Sports Federation in their actions in response to this serious incident, and our friends at the European Gay and Lesbian Sports Federation in their response via Football Against Racism in Europe."

The ninth edition of the quadrennial Gay Games will be held in Cleveland + Akron, OH August 9-16, 2014. For information about Gay Games IX Cleveland 2014, visit www.gaygames.org. – Issued by Federation of Gay Games


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