Croation Football Chief Made To Apologize For Homophobic Comments

The Croatian Supreme Court has ruled that Vlatko Markovic, former president of the country’s football federation, must publicly apologize for calling gay people unhealthy and saying he’d never allow a gay player in his league.
At a press conference back in 2010, Markovic was asked if he knew about any gay players in Croatia. ‘No, fortunately football is only played by healthy people,” said Markovic, 75. “As long as I am president, I won’t permit any gay footballers.”
A number of Croatian LGBT groups sued Markovic, who left football in July 2012, under the country’s anti-discrimination laws. In its ruling on Tuesday, the court banned Markovic from making any further derogatory comments and ordered him to publish its ruling in local papers at his own expense.
Maybe it’s because we’re American and hung up on the First Amendment but we rankle at the idea of someone being taken to court for essentially just being a jerk. This wasn’t a case of a player suing Markovic because he had been passed over for a raise or fired from the team. These were private individuals who just didn’t like what he had to say.
And how exactly can you ban someone from making discriminatory comments? Who makes that call? If we got to sue everyone who said things that upset us, we’d be living in the court room.

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  • Katbox

    This has nothing to do with the first amendment.
    It’s blatant discrimination.

  • Taliaferro

    This has nothing to do with the U. S. Constitution’s 1st Amendment – Croatia is not bound by our laws. The has everything to do with teaching people that while they may hold their own views in private, they should think before they spew hate against anyone or any group. You are wrong in this issue.

  • Yang Tai

    if i was him i wouldn’t do it, what he said wasn’t untrue(about the health) and it should be his right to discriminate against gays

  • Nixter

    @Yang Tai: What are you talking about, you bigoted liar? Where do you get your stupid beliefs from?!

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