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12:01 | 21st November 2017

News: UK

Mon 1 Mar, 2010
By Danielle Carter


“I feel very, very proud. I can't believe that there are people doing this and other people who are or were in his position feel that this campaign can help them and move things forward.”

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Justin campaign tackles homophobia in football

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The Justin Campaign, a campaign launched in memory of Justin Fashanu, the world’s first and only out gay professional football player; launched an international day opposing homophobia in football – Football vs Homophobia on February 19th 2010.

The days intention was to raise awareness of the prevalence of homophobia in the world’s favourite sport and to encourage national clubs to show their support for the cause by adopting the initiatives logo for the day and to include messages that support the cause and condemn the use of homophobic language and abuse in match day programmes.

The launch was an amazing success with community teams and groups uniting internationally under the banner of Football v Homophobia. Washington DC, Mexico City and Barcelona were amongst the cities that played host to Football v Homophobia events on 19th February.



Events also took place throughout the UK with The Justin Campaigners leading the way with their launch in Norwich where Fashanu began his playing career. Throughout the day the campaigners engaged with members of the public showcasing an exhibition containing Justin Fashanu memorabilia. Amal Fashanu and her mother were amongst the attendees and were only to pleased to don one of the “Justin Fashanu All-Stars” kits later in the evening to take part in a football tournament at Carrow Park next to Norwich FC Stadium.

David McNally Chief Executive of Norwich FC attended to show his support with MPs Charles Clarke and Chloe Smith and Danny Lynch from the FA’s equality and inclusion campaign; KickItOut.

Both the FA, PFA and Football League declared their support for Football v Homophobia with clubs: Burnley FC, Blackburn FC, Gillingham FC, Morecambe FC, Crystal Palace FC and Norwich FC all showing their disapproval of homophobia in the sport by including anti-homophobia messages in their match days programmes or featuring information regarding Football v Homophobia on their websites.

Jason Hall, Campaign founder said: “We have a passionate, loyal and committed team here at The Justin Campaign that work tirelessly to improve the environment of football for everyone, the success of Football v Homophobia internationally is a testament to the hard work of the people and individuals across the globe who refuse to do nothing as such blatant prejudice and discrimination is allowed to thrive in what is ironically described as the “beautiful game”.”

Amal Fashanu said: “I feel very, very proud. I can't believe that there are people doing this and other people who are or were in his position feel that this campaign can help them and move things forward.”

 

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