Croatian FA leader appeals UEFA fine over gay slur

Croatian football federation president Vlatko Markovic has
appealed to UEFA against his ?10,000 ($14,100) fine for making
anti-gay remarks.

UEFA says it expects to schedule the appeal hearing next month
after Markovic challenged his sanction for an ”inappropriate
statement” to the press.

UEFA acted after the 74-year-old Markovic said in an interview
last November that a gay player ”certainly” would not play for
Croatia while he was national federation president. He said he
never met a gay player because ”only healthy people play
football.”

One month later, Croatian officials elected Markovic to a fourth
four-year term.

Markovic serves on FIFA’s football committee and is expected to
attend the governing body’s congress in Zurich next week.