REDS SHOW SUPPORT FOR FOOTBALL V HOMOPHOBIA
Sunday Feb 14, 2016
At this Saturday’s home game against Corby Town, Alfreton Town Football Club is showing its support for the Football v Homophobia campaign.
Football v Homophobia (FvH) takes place year round and the campaign has its Month of Action in February.
It is an international campaign to tackle homophobia and prejudice against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) people in football.
The aim of FvH is to make football safe and welcoming for everyone.
Prejudice and discrimination in football affects us all, not just LGBT people. In fact a lot of the homophobic language and abuse that is directed at football players, managers, officials and fans, targets heterosexual people.
This doesn’t mean that it’s OK. Using discriminatory language towards someone because you don’t like the way they play football, manage a team, make a refereeing decision or because of whom they support is wrong.
It’s against the Laws of the Game and can be a criminal offense, but most importantly, it can make football an intimidating and unpleasant place for people.
In recent years, professional footballers Robbie Rogers and Thomas Hitzlsperger, both of whom played in England, publicly announced that they were gay.
Both of these players have talked about the challenges of being gay men within professional football, and the impact that anti-gay jokes, language and chanting can have on confidence and self-esteem.
Casey Stoney, former England Women’s Captain has also spoken out about her sexuality. Whilst she felt accepted within football circles, she has also spoken of her fears of being judged by the ‘outside world’ for being gay.
Football is changing, and more people are coming out in the professional game. But we still have some way to go to make sure that football is a welcoming sport for all sections of the community.
Throughout Football v Homophobia month and beyond, please help AlfretonTown Football Club by standing up to prejudice and discrimination against LGBT people in the game.
Together we can make football a welcoming place for everyone.
If you witness any behavior during a game, like anti-gay chanting and hateful or prejudiced language, speak to a nearby steward, the police, a club official or contact Kick It Out via the reporting line - 0800 169 9414 – or the Kick It Out app www.kickitout.org/get-involved/report-it
Remember, doing nothing only allows discrimination to get worse!
Find out more about the Football v Homophobia campaign and how you can get involved:
• Twitter: @fvhtweets
• Facebook: bit.ly/fvhpage
• Instagram: FOOTBALL_V_HOMOPHOBIA