York City Hosts Football Against Homophobia
4:46pm 21st February 2014
York City's home game against Southend United on Saturday 22nd February, will mark the club's first ever Football v Homophobia match. York City is one of only 25 Football League clubs to actively tackle the issue of homophobia in the sport and will be using Saturday's match to promote their message that football is for everyone regardless of their sexuality and discrimination of any form is not welcome in the game.
To show their support for the campaign, the York players will warm up in Football v Homophobia t-shirts and a large rainbow flag will be presented on the pitc before kick-off by the ball boys and girls. There will also be anti-homophobia PA announcements before the match and at half time and articles in the programme promoting the event and York Pride.
York City Communcication and Community Director Sophie Hicks said "Tackling homophobia is a challenge football clubs need to address for the benefit of players and supporters. Football has such a strong cultural influence, so we must use a positive force to help change society for the better".
The club are also feel as an employer they have an obligation to "create a safe, environment" for their players, youth players and staff if they wished to come out. Sophie Hicks said "As a sport we have reached a position were sexuality is not an issue."
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