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


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


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.