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Footballer Ejected From Game For Calling Opponent “Gay”

Screen Shot 2015-06-09 at 1.57.20 PMA Norwegian player was given a red card during a recent match for calling an opponent “gay” in a derogatory manner.

Baerum SK’s Simen Juklerod was sent packing for the offense, which until recently wouldn’t have even raised as much as an eyebrow.

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Head of referees Terje Hauge said using the word “in an insulting or offensive manner” would lead to a sending off.

Juklerod reportedly looked stunned when he saw the red card appear, but the action sends a clear message that in 2015 and onward, homophobic insults are not to be tolerated on the field.

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“There was a second I was not thinking, and said the second word (gay), yes,” said Juklerod. “Of course it’s completely lame. But I still think that’s not a red card.”

“It is something that’s been discussed several times after an incident a couple of years ago when a yellow card was given in a similar situation,” said Hague, who has refereed at Champions League and World Cup level.

“We’ve told our referees that if they hear it clearly and there is no doubt about what’s been said then it should be punished with a red card.”

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9 Comments

  • Paulaz

    regardless of being gay or not the important thing is to respect each other regardless of who is gay or not gay respect is always good to similar

    Disk sexo

  • SpunkyBunks

    Yes, there are gay fans of European leagues (I’m one of them). Soccer is a massive business. Reputation is everything. $$$$$$$

  • Giancarlo85

    @SpunkyBunks: Football you mean.

    Anyways, I am a major fan of AC Milan (oh how low have they fallen with their inept management – hurts me quite a bit) and Atletico Madrid. Homophobic chants happen even by the fans. Football is a few years behind the times.

  • SpunkyBunks

    @Giancarlo85: But we’re in America. It’s soccer over here. Football is a different sport. If I’m in Europe, I will call it football. Here, let me pull the boot out of your ass!

  • Giancarlo85

    @SpunkyBunks: this is football. What they say in America is incorrect. I’ll call it football where ever. Grow up.

  • Finrod

    “Of course it’s completely lame.” Well, that statement makes it all better. Couldn’t he have squeezed in some racism while he was at it?

  • Avery Alvarez

    He’s a POS, for sure.
    What’s with Norway, and all the homophobia lately?
    I’m sure Queerty will report on this, but and Iranian born artist from Norway named Tooji just came out with a beautiful music video filmed in a church, featuring scenes of gay sex.
    The Norwegians are pissed about it apparently.
    “How can you disrespect a church and religion”, is the basis of most comments I’ve seen.
    Ummm, the church has never shown respect to anyone so they don’t deserve any? Try that?
    Anyways, now I’m off on a tangent, but yeah, Norway and homophobia – a huge surprise to me for some reason.

  • DarkZephyr

    From Wikipedia:

    The names of association football are the terms used to describe association football, the sport most commonly referred to in the English-speaking world as “football” or “soccer”.

    Background

    The rules of association football were codified in the United Kingdom by the Football Association in 1863, and the name association football was coined to distinguish the game from the other versions of football played at the time, such as rugby football. The word soccer is an abbreviation of association (from assoc.) and first appeared in universities in the 1880s (sometimes using the variant spelling “socker”).[1][2] [3] [4] The word is sometimes credited to Charles Wreford Brown, an Oxford University student said to have been fond of shortened forms such as brekkers for breakfast and rugger for rugby football (see Oxford -er). Clive Toye noted “A quirk of British culture is the permanent need to familiarise names by shortening them. … Toye [said] ‘They took the third, fourth and fifth letters of Association and called it SOCcer.’”[5]

    The term association football has never been widely used, although in Britain some clubs in rugby football strongholds adopted the suffix Association Football Club (A.F.C.) to avoid confusion with the dominant sport in their area, and FIFA, the world governing body for the sport, is a French-language acronym of “Fédération Internationale de Football Association” – the International Federation of Association Football. “Soccer football” is used less often than it once was: the United States Soccer Federation was known as the United States Soccer Football Association from 1945 until 1974, when it adopted its current name and the Canadian Soccer Association was known as the Canadian Soccer Football Association from 1958 to 1971.

    The reaction against “soccer”

    For nearly a hundred years after it was coined, soccer was an uncontroversial alternative to football, often in colloquial and juvenile contexts, but also in formal speech and writing.[6] In the late twentieth century some speakers of British English began to deprecate soccer for reasons that remain unclear; it is possible they mistook it for an Americanism.[6] There is evidence that the use of soccer is declining in Britain.[6] Since the early twenty-first century, the peak association football bodies in soccer-speaking Australia and New Zealand have actively promoted the use of football to mirror international usage and, at least in the Australian case, to rebrand a sport that had been experiencing difficulties.[7] Both bodies dropped soccer from their names.[8] These efforts have met with considerable success in New Zealand,[9] but considerably less so in Australia, where football is strongly identified with other games, notably Australian football.

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