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July 1, 2014

Sweden’s Kiruna IF ice hockey team will wear the gay pride colors on their uniforms for their 2014-2015 season as they seek to become the first Swedish sports club to be certified as an LGBTI welcoming organization

Players from Sweden’s Kiruna IF ice hockey club will wear uniforms decked out in the colors of the gay pride flag for the next 12 months as part of a bid to become the first sporting association to receive certification by the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights.

The Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights has certified businesses and organizations since 2008 that are committed to providing a good working environment and respectful treatment of LGBTI people and Kiruna IF’s certification process began in June.

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).