Croatia football head Markovic loses gay slur case

UEFA says Croatian football federation president Vlatko Markovic

has lost his appeal against being fined ?10,000 ($14,500) for

making anti-gay remarks.

UEFA says its appeal body ruled that Markovic made an

”inappropriate statement” to the press and dismissed his

challenge against the punishment.

The 74-year-old Markovic said in an interview last November that

a gay player wouldn’t play for Croatia while he led the federation,

and that he never met a gay player because ”only healthy people

play football.”

Croatian football officials later elected Markovic, a former

player and national team coach, to serve a fourth four-year

term.