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.
Polls have shown that while football fans would be more accepting than ever of a gay player in their team, as many as 72 per cent of football fans have heard homophobic abuse at football matches.
Using homophobic or transphobic 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 offence, but most importantly, it can make football an intimidating and unpleasant place for fellow fans, players, match officials and administrators of the game.
Attitudes in football are changing, but we all need to make sure that the language we use and the way we behave reflects this change. Fans can make a real difference to the culture of football and we’d like your support.
Throughout Football v Homophobia month and beyond, please help Leicester City 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 behaviour during a game, such as 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.
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