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.