A former football referee has been awarded thousands of pounds in compensation from Turkey’s football federation after it stripped him of his license for being gay.

A court ordered the Turkish Football Federation to pay 23,000 lira (£5,300) for dismissing Halil Ibrahim Dincdag, 38, in 2009, according to state-run Anadolu Agency.

The TFF claimed Dincdag was “unfit” for military service and thus unable to work as a referee.

Dincdag called the ruling a “victory” and said he hoped the ruling would have an impact on future cases, but said he would appeal the amount of compensation.

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