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Swiss league fined player for using ‘gay’ as insult

2022 Aug 23, 17:21,
FILE - Espanyol's Didac Vila, left, scores a goal past Luzern's goalkeeper Marius Müller during the Europa League third qualification round first leg soccer match between FC Luzern and Espanyol in the Swissporarena stadium in Lucerne, Switzerland, Aug. 8, 2019. (Alexandra Wey/Keystone via AP, File)

A soccer player judged to have used the word “gay” as an insult in a post-game interview was fined 2,000 Swiss francs ($2,070) by the Swiss Football League on Tuesday.

The league said its tribunal declined to suspend Lucerne goalkeeper Marius Müller and judged that his words had been thoughtless but not homophobic.

Müller, a 29-year-old German, criticized the play of his teammates in a television interview after a 4-1 loss against St. Gallen on Aug. 13.

He and his club later apologized on social media and the league opened a disciplinary case.

Müller’s statement had not targeted a player, referee or spectator at the stadium, the league said, “but rather expressed frustration” at his teammates’ inadequate defensive work.

Lucerne said Tuesday it accepted the verdict.


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