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E-Mail Campaign to UEFA and the Croatian Football Federation

November 9, 2010

On Monday, 8 November, Vlatko Markovic, president of the Croatian Football Federation stated that: “[w]hile I’m a president of the Croatian Football Federation, there will be no homosexuals playing in the national team…. Luckily, only normal people play football.” Croatian gay and lesbian organizations have already condemned Markovic for these appalling statements, and at Red Card Homophobia we would like to support them by launching an e-mail campaign to the CFF and UEFA (Union of European Football Associations).  We have drafted e-mails in both Croatian and English that you can copy and paste and send to both organizations. Don’t forget to add your name as a signature. It only takes two seconds, so we urge you to take the time to help give homophobia the red card.



TO: info[at]hns-cff[dot]hr

Poštovani predsjedniče Marković,

Homofobija je u svakom pogledu uvredljiva i u direktnoj je suprotnosti s geslom o POŠTOVANJU i nastojanjima UEFA-e da se to poštovanje održi. Vaše izjave i zabrane na temelju diskriminacije pojedinaca neprihvatljive su, i kao član organizacije CRVENI KARTON ZA HOMOFOBIJU, potičem Vas da osigurate da svaki kvalificirani igrač može igrati za reprezentaciju Hrvatske.


TO: info[at]uefa[dot]com


Dear President Michel Platini

I am writing to you to express concern about the recent comments made by Vlatko Markovic, President of the Croatia Football Federation against homosexuals. Homophobia in any form is objectionable and directly opposes the RESPECT campaign fostered by UEFA. His statements and discriminatory bans are unacceptable and as a member of Red Card Homophobia, I urge you to ensure all high-quality players can play for Croatia.

26 Comments leave one →
  1. Jane permalink
    November 9, 2010 5:29 pm

    This made me mad in general, but I think this part was the worst: “Luckily, only normal people play football.”

    I sent emails to both the CFF and UEFA, and I blogged about it on Tumblr. 🙂

  2. November 9, 2010 5:48 pm


    We discovered the article yesterday evening.

    So far, we have suggested that the FA (UK), PFA, KickItOut and FARE to issue statements. Of which, the PFA and FARE have. EGLSF also…

    We have also circulated it far and wide through our networks – it’s causing quite a commotion and quite rightly so.

    Please see The JC’s statement below – feel free to blog, twitter, facebook what have you.

    Great work guys! – see our blog for further details.


    The Justin Campaign is utterly appalled by the recent comments made by Croatian Football Federation president Vlatko Markovic. In an interview with the Croatian daily newspaper Vecernji List, Markovic says, “While I’m a president of the Croatian Football Federation, there will be no homosexuals playing in the national team”.

    He then goes on to answer a question about whether he has ever met a homosexual footballer by saying, “Luckily, only normal people play football”.

    These comments are all the more shocking considering they are coming from such a senior person in the game, a man with a huge amount of influence in football.
    Homophobia is hugely prevalent in Croatia and these nasty words will have serious implications for vulnerable LGBT people in the country.

    Markovic must be challenged over his despicable remarks and the footballing authorities, in particular UEFA, must act swiftly and decisively on this matter.

  3. Rebecca permalink
    November 9, 2010 5:49 pm

    I’ve sent both the emails off. Will try to get some friends to do the same.

  4. mikaylex permalink
    November 9, 2010 5:52 pm

    This is just painfully wrong. I’ve sent the e-mails. Hopefully something will be done.

  5. Loezzy permalink
    November 9, 2010 6:45 pm

    Done and done! Great job on providing us with those e-mails, thank you!

  6. Milos permalink
    November 9, 2010 6:47 pm

    Sent the e-mails too. What really makes me sad is that we still have to do these kinds of things in oder to get some equality. It’s the 21st century for heaven’s sake! I guess some people just don’t get the meaning behind the word ‘equal’. Anyway, hopefully this helps. And thanks to all of you who have sent the e-mails. Lyckily there are still some smart people with brains around.

  7. Bill permalink
    November 9, 2010 7:06 pm

    Sent the e-mails and will spread the word. Thank you for pointing us towards this!

  8. noam permalink
    November 9, 2010 7:58 pm

    Just a quick note – should the subject of the email be Red Card Homophobia? I think it should be more matter-of-fact, who we sending these email to have no idea what RCH means…

    • Berry permalink
      November 10, 2010 8:28 am

      It’s just a template. I think the point is to send our message across. RCH is just making our lives easier. I also changed the title a bit to “Response to markovic’s homophobic remarks”

      Thank you, RCH 🙂

  9. Anne permalink
    November 9, 2010 8:03 pm

    You’re doing a great job, I’ve sent the emails too.

  10. Jen permalink
    November 9, 2010 9:31 pm

    I’ve sent the emails, thanks for providing them. It’s so much easier for the everyday person to send them if they can just copy/paste and not have to worry about what to say/how to word it on their own.

  11. Ish permalink
    November 10, 2010 12:57 am

    Sending the emails now.

  12. Christine permalink
    November 10, 2010 3:12 am

    Emailed today. This is a great, fast response and hopefully Red Card Homophobia and its allies can get the message across that statements and action like this are unacceptable!

  13. jenn permalink
    November 10, 2010 3:59 pm

    Sent the emails out yesterday, thanks for putting those right up! It makes it easier for many people to just shoot off an email, and the more emails they get, the more we fill up their inboxes, and the more likely it is our concerns are heard.

    What disturbs me the most about this man though is his use of the term “normal”, which I find so subjective in the best of terms and definitions. Who is he to define what normal means?

  14. Eileen permalink
    November 11, 2010 3:24 am

    E-mails sent today. Thanks for the templates.

    Utterly deplorable.

  15. Any permalink
    November 11, 2010 11:13 pm

    Can we get an English translation of the Croation e-mail? I’m entirely sure that I agree with what you’re saying, but I would like to actually know what I would be saying before I put my name to it.

    • November 11, 2010 11:29 pm

      “Homophobia in any form is objectionable and directly opposed to the RESPECT campaign fostered by UEFA. Your statements and discriminatory bans are unacceptable and as a member of Red Card Homophobia, I urge you to ensure all high-quality players can play for Croatia.”

  16. November 13, 2010 11:58 am

    In French for Platini:

    Monsieur le Président,

    J’ai le regret de vous écrire au sujet des récentes remarques à l’encontre de joueurs homosexuels de la part de M. Vlatko Markovic, président de la fédération croate de football. L’homophobie est inacceptable et est en contradiction directe avec la campagne RESPECT de l’UEFA. Les déclarations et les interdictions discriminatoires ainsi annoncées sont intolérables, et en tant que membre de la campagne Carton rouge à l’homophobie, je vous encourage à assurer que tout joueur qualifié pourra jouer pour la Croatie.

  17. Jessica permalink
    November 13, 2010 11:43 pm

    While I approve of this, please remember: this is the Balkans. Most of society there share this attitude. Don’t any of of you find it curious that no one criticized him there?

    And while I DID email them, you have to understand, that before it can change in football, it has to change politically and socially. THEN we can talk about homophobia in sports. And it’s pretty hard to change a society with such deep-rooted beliefs.

  18. Luis A. Sánchez permalink
    May 6, 2011 9:48 pm


    Por más de 50 años he sido un apasionado de fútbol, deporte que he practicado, disfrutado e inculcado a mis hijos y nietos. He sido crítico, admirador y seguidor de este deporte.

    He admirado a los grandes jugadores, a los grandes equipos, y a los grandes torneos, pero nunca me había fijado en los árbitros. Cuando empecé a poner atención a estos últimos, hace aproximadamente 9 años me he venido preguntando si he estado equivocado, si el fútbol ha cambiado o si era yo el que no entendía las reglas del juego. También me llamaba la atención la falta de crítica objetiva sobre algunas situaciones que yo consideraba injustas o de favoritismo. Los árbitros y la UEFA se convirtieron para mí en una obsesión. Miraba los juegos y me fijaba en el árbitro más que en los “actores” del fútbol…

    No soy español, no soy madrilista, no soy barcelonista, tampoco soy seguidor de Mourinho ni de Guardiola, pero a partir del momento en que Mourinho habló, y seguro cansado de ver lo que veía, fue que comprendí que no estaba equivocado.

    Ustedes señores de UEFA, junto a los árbitros que designan y apadrinan, han obtenido el mayor logro en la historia: El convertir a los seguidores en enemigos del futbol, mismo que ustedes proclaman como “Deporte Rey” y “Fair play”. Ustedes han sistemáticamente minado y eliminado la competencia y favorecido a un gran equipo que no necesita ayuda como es el Barça, pero lo peor, es la decepción absoluta que los aficionados sentimos y, lo más doloroso, hacer que nos alejemos de un deporte tan admirado, tan humano y tan competitivo.

    Lo que la UEFA ha hecho no tiene nombre. Es como si los romanos hubieran puesto llantas y motor a las carrozas favoritas para ganar con mayor “facilidad” las competencias, a pesar de que todos eran competitivos.

    Hace unos años leí el libro titulado “¿CÓMO SE ROBARON LA COPA?” del escritor David Yullop, en el que el autor narra valientemente cómo la FIFA “acomoda” los mundiales y no pude dar crédito. Hoy solo espero que otro valiente escritor nos narre las manipulaciones y barbaridades de la UEFA.

    Desde hoy, gracias a tanta maniobra oscura, el fútbol cuenta con un aficionado menos.

    Luis A. Sánchez

    • EAQ permalink
      May 7, 2011 8:13 pm

      Lo que usted expresa es lo que muchos pensamos. Lo felicito, es usted muy claro!


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