Brentford Football Club has been consistent for many years with its position on racial equality. We want everyone to feel welcome at Brentford and will continue to fight racism and discrimination of any kind. The events of the past few weeks have highlighted the importance of this work and we can all do our bit to make a difference.
Togetherness is one of our key values as a Club. We pride ourselves on our spirit and togetherness on and off the pitch. We believe that working together has got us to our current position and in the past few months when we have not been able to be physically together, it is the value of togetherness that has helped us get through these incredibly challenging times.
We have a dressing room and staff consisting of more than 15 different nationalities and from many different walks of life. We are one Club, one team and one community. We have a focus on our work in our local area, which is one of the most racially diverse in the country. We are proud to represent Hounslow, West London and London and to represent everyone, no matter their heritage, colour, religion, sexuality or gender. There is absolutely no room for racism or discrimination of any kind at Brentford.
Football is for everyone; it belongs to and should be enjoyed by anyone who wants to participate in it, whether as a player, official, staff member or spectator. We aim, therefore, to bring people together in a way that supports positive change, makes people feel valued and improves the lives and inclusion experience of our fans and wider community. As fans of Brentford Football Club, we are one family, and regardless of your background, it is fundamental to our values that everyone should be made to feel welcome as supporters of this Club.
We are passionate about our stance on racial equality. The phrase black lives matter is, for us, not a political stance. It is simply our Club standing for equality alongside our players, staff, supporters and the wider football community. The mistreatment of black people across the world needs to change. We are united with everyone that wants this to happen.
It may be that some people do not agree with this, but make no mistake, we will not change our view that racism and prejudice will not be tolerated at Brentford. As we prepare to move to our new home, we will do absolutely everything we can to ensure it is a haven for Bees fans regardless of their colour, religion, sexuality or gender, that is why we believe in #BeeTogether.