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Croatian court dismisses suit against Vlatko Markovic for homophobic comments he made

A Croatian court has thrown out one of two lawsuits claiming homophobia against Croatian soccer president Vlatko Markovic. Two gay-rights groups brought lawsuits against Markovic last year when he said gay players wouldn't be on the country's national team because "only healthy people play football.”

Legally, Croatia is one of the friendliest Eastern European countries for gay people. They have anti-discrimination laws, gays can serve in the military, gays can donate blood and the country has some recognition of cohabitating same-sex couples.