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May 24, 2013

Blackburn Rovers footballer will appear before magistrates for allegedly making a homophobic gesture at Brighton fans

A Blackburn Rovers soccer player is being charged with making a homophobic gesture at a football match.

Sussex Police said Colin Kazim-Richards, 26, was charged under the Public Order Act over a gesture allegedly made towards Brighton fans at a Championship game.

The alleged incident took place at Brighton and Hove Albion’s Amex Stadium.

The London-born footballer is currently on loan from Galatasaray, a Turkish football team.

Kazim-Richards is summoned to appear before magistrates in Brighton on 22 August.

November 6, 2012

Vlatko Markovic, former president of the football federation, said: 'Footballers are not gay, they are healthy people.' Now tribunal rules he must apologize

The Croatian Supreme Court has ordered the former chief of the HNS, the national football federation, to publicly apologize for his homophobia.

Vlatko Markovic, 75, said to a journalist asking him if he had ever met a gay footballer: ‘No, fortunately football is only played by healthy people.

‘As long as I am president, I won’t permit any gay footballer.’

Now a tribunal has banned Markovic from any further discriminatory comments and ruled he must pay to publish both his apology and the court’s ruling in local newspapers.

June 27, 2012

Soccer executive confirms commitment to battling homophobia at gay ‘pride’ reception in Donetsk, Ukraine as country hosts Euro 2012

A UEFA chief has emphasized the organizations commitment to tackling homophobia at a gay reception hosted in the Ukraine.

He was joined by soccer fans from France, Spain, Portugal and Austria at the party hosted by British lesbian activist Claire Dimyon where he met members of the LGBT community in Donetsk.

Together they toasted gay pride and Ukrainian Constitution Day, which is on 28 June, at the party last night (26 June).