Fight Homophobia in Football: Demand Resignation of Croatian Football Federation President Markovic
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Patrick Gasser

Fight Homophobia in Football: Demand Resignation of Croatian Football Federation President Markovic

    1. Keph  Senett
    2. Petition by

      Keph Senett

      Toronto, Canada

In November 2010, Croatian Football Federation President Vlatko Markovic made the following remark: "As long as I'm president [of the Croatian Football Federation] there will be no gay players. Thank goodness only healthy people play football." The comment caused a public outcry, and resulted in two discrimination lawsuits.

At the time, the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) opened a disciplinary case against Markovic under Article 11 of its Disciplinary Code which obliges it to impose sanctions on any football association if an official “insults the human dignity of a person or group of persons”.

In February of 2011, after a contentious election, both FIFA and the UEFA confirmed Markovic for a fourth term as Federation president.

The UEFA has positioned itself as an organization with a commitment to equality. In 2008, the organization launched the Respect campaign, which “dovetails with programmes aimed at combating violence, racism, xenophobia and homophobia, as well as at nurturing fan support, intercultural dialogue, the environment and humanitarian relief.” More recently, in mid-February, the UEFA officially endorsed The Justin Campaign, a group dedicated to ending homophobia in football.

The UEFA has the power and the policy to hold Markovic accountable. Demand Markovic's resignation now.

 

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    • jelena vukadin ZAGREB, CROATIA
      • over 3 years ago

      human rights aren't an exclusive thing for a mononational, monoreligious, patriarchal group. mr. Markovic and similar half-educated Coatians, Serbs or whatever: first learn the ABC of democracy, then step forward to the human league!

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    • Norris Nagao SAN DIEGO, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      Is Croatia a member of the international sport community or not? It must abide by international standards, not one person's homophobic one!

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    • David Kincheloe BELLINGHAM, WA
      • over 3 years ago

      I played competitive football/soccer for 15 years. Plus, I played competitive American football, baseball and sprinted (100 meters). I also have a black belt (1st Dan) in Judo. And I'm gay. It's time for UEFA and FIFA to stop tolerating bigotry (of any kind). Get rid of Markovic.

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    • Erik Weidner WILMINGTON, DE
      • over 3 years ago

      It is absolute hypocrisy that you launch the Justin Campaign as you simultaneously reconfirm the proudly anti-gay Markovic as President of the CFF. This is an insult to the memory of Justin Fashanu, both a great footballer and man, and to humans everywhere. Please show me that you are not the corrupt, inept organization that I can't help but see in your recent and current actions.

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    • Robert Ballard WEMBLEY, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 3 years ago

      FIFA - you have to take a stand on this - if you replaced the word homosexual/gay and made it black you would take action immediately..so..what's the difference?

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