Get involved: Football V Homophobia
Publish Date: 17/02/2012
Tomorrow marks the start of Football V Homophobia – a whole week dedicated to kicking hatred out of the beautiful game.
This season, football has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons, with players being charged with both homophobic and racist behaviour.
But slowly progress is being made, yesterday the Football Association charged West Ham’s Ravel Morrison, 19, after he sent a homophobic tweet to a fan. And Leicester City’s Michael Ball was fined for sending a homophobic message to actor, Enough is Enough! supporter and Lesbian & Gay Foundation Patron Antony Cotton.
Football is taking action this week - from top flight clubs to grass roots supporters as part of Football V Homophobia.
Premier League Arsenal have welcomed the campaign, so to have Hyde Utd of the Blue Square North and Liverpool Pride are hosting a special 5-a-side.
In 1990 Justin Fashanu became the first top flight professional footballer to come out as gay or bisexual, he faced negative publicity, homophobia and rejection. 8 years after coming out he took his own life. He remains the only top professional footballer to ever come out.
Take action – If you love sport, but hate homophobia and transphobia sign up to the government’s sports charter to kick hate out of sport. Do it now http://www.facebook.com/lgbtsportcharter
To find out more about how you can get involved with Football V Homophobia visit: http://bit.ly/elelo7