Croatian Football Federation President Says No Place for Gays on Team: ‘Only Normal People Play Football’


Croatian Football Federation President Vlatko Markovic is under fire for remarks he made about gays in a recent newspaper interview, the Croatian Times reports:

Markovic "While I'm a president of the Croatian Football Federation, there will be no homosexuals playing in the national team", Vlatko Markovic said in an interview with Croatian national daily Vecernji List.

Asked whether in his career he has met a homosexual footballer, he has replied:

"Luckily, only normal people play football".

Gay and lesbian associations have informed the Croatian media that they will sue the Football Federation President for discrimination. They also intend to report Vlatko Markovic to UEFA.

Croatia exited the recent World Cup in the qualifying round.


  1. crispy says

    FYI: Your final sentence is not quite right. Croatia did not play in the 2010 World Cup. The qualifying round occurs long before the World Cup actually begins, and Croatia did not qualify.

    In fact, Croatia qualified and played in previous World Cups in 2006, 2002, and 1998. Markovic became their manager in 2007, so in essence they started going downhill once he became their president.

  2. Joel P. says

    Yeah, this won’t go over well with FIFA and UEFA, as they have been doing a “fairly” good job battling racism and homophobia and other discrimination in football.

    Also, Crotia’s jerseys are sweet. Don’t knock the picnic print.

  3. Matt26 says

    Soccer players in Croatia team are hansome. The president must have studied very carefully none of them are gay. How did he do it? I hope Uefa and Fifa make a huge issue about this. There are many gays and lesbians in junior leagues training and imagine their feelings after idiotic statement like that.

  4. says

    The Croatian Football League must be removed from play in the World Football Federation. It’s that simple. Discrimination of ANY kind will not be tolerated by any Team, Coach or player.

    DEMAND the removal of Croatia from the World Football Federation today.

  5. says

    I’d love to see this douchebag tell 6 foot 6 living refrigerator, Out Gay man and former Aussie Rugby League player (for Manly, amusingly enough) Ian Roberts that he’s “Not Normal”. Ian would probably whack him so hard he’d send him into orbit…

  6. says

    I lived in Croatia for 6 months, and try to go there once a year.

    It’s still a pretty homophobic country, some 15-20 years behind Western Europe, US, Australia when it comes to gay rights. It’s pretty sad, and the President reflects the ideas of many of his generation

    Those checkered jerseys reflect the checkered pattern in the Croatian flag

    There is no Croatian gay porn industry

  7. mike says

    Hate to inform that cretinous Croat, Vlatko Markovic, that I know about four gay rugby players who are quite “normal”, thank you, and who would love to kick his ass up and down the rugby field. What a dick!

  8. Craig says

    Making fun of the red check print would be the same as if they made fun of our stars and stripes or UK’s Union Jack. It’s part of their national heritage.

  9. says

    The “Red Card Homophobia” campaign provided contact information for both the Croatia Football Federation and UEFA. They also provided suggested subject lines and text for the body of the email (even have it in Croatian).

    Can get to the information through my blog on gay rights and the sports industry:

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