Three international bodies – AllOut, the Federation of Gay Games, and the International Gay and Lesbian Football Association – having secured 46,000 signatures for petition to condemn homophobia has forced Fifa to open an inquest.
“Today we are excited to see FIFA take a first, critical step,” AllOut co-founder, Andre Banks is quoted on Tuesday’s edition of GayNZ.com Daily News.
“By launching an immediate probe into coach Uche’s homophobic statements, the international governing body of soccer is sending a clear and important message: homophobia has no place in football, on or off the field.”
The world soccer governing body through its head of women’s competition, Tatjana Haenni, had said in June it will talk to the Nigerian coach about her comment.
“FIFA is against all forms of discrimination,” Haenni told German television channel, ARD.
The Nigerian trainer had caused a stir in a New York Times interview on the eve of the Fifa Women’s World Cup in Germany this year by calling homosexuality “dirty.”
“Yes, the lesbians in our team were really a big problem. But since I’m coach of the Super Falcons, that has been cleared up.
“There are no more lesbian players on my team. I cannot tolerate this dirty life,” Uche had told the New York Times.
Her comments were perceived in many quarters as targeting the German squad that had reserve keeper, Ursula Holl being married to a woman and first-choice Nadine Angerer believed to be bi-sexual.