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Croatia Football Official Investigated for Antigay Slur 

Croatia Football Official Investigated for Antigay Slur 


The head of Croatia's Football Association has been summoned to a disciplinary hearing after saying he would exclude gay players from the national team.

The Union of European Football Association has opened a case against Vlatko Markovic, citing an article in the soccer authority's disciplinary code calling for sanctions if someone "insults the human dignity of a person or group of persons."

The UEFA's disciplinary panel will hear the case November 25. Markovic, who is seeking reelection as president of the Croatia association in December, could be stripped of all duties.

During an interview last month, Markovic said a gay player "certainly" will not play for Croatia as long as he heads the federation. When asked if he'd ever worked with a gay soccer player, he said, "No. Fortunately only healthy people play soccer."

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