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SUPPORT FOR ANTI-HOMOPHOBIA CAMPAIGN

20 September 2013

Brentford Football Club backs Stonewall campaign to tackle homophobia in football.

Gay Rights Charity Stonewall has sent rainbow coloured laces, the international symbol for gay pride, to all 92 Premier League and Football League clubs in England and Wales, plus the 42 professional teams in Scotland.

Rather than urging players to come out, the campaign's focus is towards changing attitudes.

Stonewall deputy chief executive Laura Doughty said: "It's time for football clubs and players to step up and make a visible stand against homophobia in our national game.

"By wearing rainbow laces, players will send a message of support to gay players and can begin to drag football into the 21st Century."

Brentford Manager Uwe Rösler gave his backing for the scheme, and said: "We welcome and support this initiative to highlight and tackle homophobia within football.

"Brentford Football Club does not tolerate any form of discrimination, and works hard to ensure players and staff are treated equally, regardless of their colour, gender or orientation.

"The important thing in a footballer is his ability, not his sexuality."

Club Captain Kevin O’Connor also endorsed the campaign, and said: "I, along with all my team-mates, support the Stonewall campaign to kick homophobia out of football. 

"As Club captain, my message is to re-affirm that at Brentford, we never discriminate against a person’s sexuality, as football is for everyone. 

"How people perform on the pitch is the only thing we focus on, and are interested in."

You can find out more about Stonewall by visiting their website at www.stonewall.org.uk


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