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Petitioning Senior football and social responsibility manager, UEFA Patrick Gasser

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


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.

 

Letter to
Senior football and social responsibility manager, UEFA Patrick Gasser
I am writing to express my opposition to the UEFA confirmation of Vlatko Markovic, and further, to call for Markovic's resignation.

The UEFA has positioned itself as an organization with a commitment to equality. In 2008, you 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.

I believe that the homophobic statements made by Vlatko Markovic in November of 2010 are unacceptable, and that they contravene Article 11 of the Disciplinary Code. Further, they are contrary to the spirit of the Respect campaign and to the work of The Justin Campaign.

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

Sincerely,