Croatian FA leader appeals UEFA fine over gay slur

Croatian soccer federation president Vlatko Markovic has
appealed to UEFA against his $14,100 fine for making anti-gay
remarks.

European soccer’s governing body 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 soccer committee and is expected to
attend the governing body’s congress in Zurich next week.