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Croatia Football Head Loses Gay Slur Case

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NYON, Switzerland – UEFA says Croatian football federation president Vlatko Markovic has lost his appeal against being fined (euro) 10,000 ($14,500) for making anti-gay remarks.

Football in Europe is called soccer in the United States.

UEFA says its appeal body ruled that Markovic made an “inappropriate statement” to the press and dismissed his challenge against the punishment.

The 74-year-old Markovic said in an interview last November that a gay player wouldn’t play for Croatia while he led the federation, and that he never met a gay player because “only healthy people play football.”

Croatian football officials later elected Markovic, a former player and national team coach, to serve a fourth four-year term.

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