Leicester City Supports Football V Homophobia

Leicester City will be designating Saturday’s game against Manchester City (5:30pm GMT kick-off) at King Power Stadium to the Football v Homophobia campaign.
King Power Stadium

- LCFC designating Manchester City game to Football v Homophobia
- FvH tackles homophobia and prejudice against LGBT+ people in football
- The Football Club have worked closely with Foxes Pride since 2014
- Please click HERE to find out more about Football v Homophobia

Football v Homophobia (FvH) takes place year-round and the campaign has its Month of Action in February. It is an international initiative 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.

In recent years 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 or putting someone down because of their gender just 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, and match officials.

The Football Club have worked with Foxes Pride – LCFC’s LGBT+ Supporter Group – since 2014, with their mission being to enable members to have a shared interest in Leicester City and to promote the Club within LGBT+ communities.

The group work closely with the Club to tackle homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in football and to promote the welfare of its LGBT+ supporters, while ensuring King Power Stadium is a welcoming and friendly environment for all. 

Earlier this season, and in support of Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign, first team players Ben Chilwell and James Maddison met with members of Foxes Pride to find out about what it is like to be an LGBT+ football supporter and to discuss the issues they face and the progress that has been made in recent years.

They also handed over match-worn football boots donated by other members of the squad to help with the group’s fundraising efforts. 

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. 

Leicester City are committed to making football a game for everyone and do not tolerate homophobic or discriminatory language.

If you hear any such language at King Power Stadium during a game, contact a steward or report it by text to 60066 (start your message with the word FOXES).

On non-matchdays, email lcfchelp@lcfc.co.uk or call 0344 815 5000 (Option 4).

For more information about Football v Homophobia, please click HERE

Please click HERE for more information about Foxes Pride.

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