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Belarus soccer team fires gay man after fans campaigned for ‘no fags’

Belarus soccer team fires gay man after fans campaigned for ‘no fags’

A newly appointed head of marketing for a Belarus soccer club was fired after fans told the club they didn’t want ‘fags’ as part of the team.

Valentin Sereda, a radio host in the former Soviet republic, was sacked from Dinamo Minsk FC over ‘unprofessional’ actions that damaged the ‘reputation’ of the club.

When press reported he was hired, homophobic fans started a campaign calling on the club to have him fired.

They released screenshots of pictures he had posted on dating websites, even though he did not appear nude or even shirtless in them.

In downtown Minsk, homophobic graffiti was sprayed near the club’s grounds.

It was then the club issued a statement claiming Sereda’s ‘unprofessional actions caused substantial damage to the image and reputation of the club.’

Dinamo Minsk denied it was a homophobic firing, claiming that they hadn’t even hired him in the first place and was merely being ‘considered’ for the role.

Serada said he was ‘disappointed’ by what happened, saying his role would have been to encourage tolerance at the club.