Veteran referee Halil Ibrahim Dincdag
has sued the Turkish soccer federation after it did not renew his license because he is gay. "They
thought I was an ant that they could crush, they thought I would run away and hide in a corner," Halil Ibrahim Dincdag
said. "But they have destroyed my life and I will
fight them to the end."
More than 30,000 people have signed a petition launched by Turkey's most influential newspaper backing Dincdag's campaign. The federation then
claimed that it sacked Dincdag because of poor performances, prompting him to display a decade's worth of match reports that showed he ranked among the best local referees.
crowds shout 'faggot' at referees whose decisions they don't like," said Dincdag, 33, when he came out on a popular Turkish TV sports show. "Well, here I am."
Three-quarters of the 80 referees in the city of Trabzon where Dincdag referees have called him in support.
Turkey's most popular soccer commentator and former referee Erman
said he didn't think Dincdag should be reappointed because, "I reckon [homosexual referees] would have a tendency to give more penalties to good-looking, tough players."
Dincdag responded with, "Does Toroglu assault every pretty girl he passes in the street?"