Gay soccer players have officially been banned from joining the Croatian national football team.
This according to the head of the country’s soccer federation.
“While I’m a president of the Croatian Football Federation, there will be no homosexuals playing in the national team”, said Vlatko Markovic in an interview with the Vecernji List newspaper.
When asked by the Croatian daily if he had ever come across a gay football player, he responded: “Luckily, only normal people play football”.
Markovic is a former football player and football manager and has been elected head of the Croatian Football Federation three times.
Gay rights activists have reacted with outrage and said that they will take legal action against Markovic and pursue a complaint against him with the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).
Homosexuality is legal in Croatia and sexual orientation is recognised under employment anti-discrimination laws.