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UEFA: Croatia Football President Must Pay Fine for Gay Remarks

UEFA: Croatia Football President Must Pay Fine for Gay Remarks

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Croatian football federation president Vlatko Markovic has lost his appeal in the gay slur case for which he was fined 10,000 euros, says the Union of European Football Associations.

In a November interview with Croatia's Vecernji List newspaper, Markovic, 74, said that a gay player would never suit up for the national team as long as he led the federation. When asked if he had ever met a gay player, he responded, "No. Fortunately, only healthy people play football."

After the incident, Markovic, a former player and national team coach, was elected to his fourth four-year term as federation president.

According to the UEFA, its appeal body ruled that Markovic's statement to the press was "inappropriate" and has dismissed his challenge to the fine.

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