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Gay soccer referee forced to quit in Turkey, vows to keep fighting

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HalilIbrahimDincdag.jpgIt would appear that being gay excludes you from having any chance of being a soccer referee in Turkey.

Halil İbrahim Dinçdağ, who was forced to quit his job as a ref due to his sexual orientation, appeared on Turkish television Saturday night to say he would continue his legal fight.

Dinçdağ was forced to leave his job because he had been excused from his compulsory military service on account of his homosexuality, which was documented in a medical report. According to the sport's regulations, anyone who fails to complete his military service for health reasons is unfit to perform as a referee.
Apparently, in Turkey homosexuality is seen as a medical condition that would preclude military service.
Dinçdağ appealed to others who have been discriminated against and urged them to keep fighting as well.

"Please stand tall against the unfairness against you, whenever something wrong is happening," he said. "Say that it is wrong. Say what is right for you."

Gay referee to continue legal battle    (Hurriyet Daily News)

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