Football club host day of action against discrimination

Publish Date: 11/11/2011

Bradford City will become the third Professional Football Club to sign to the government charter taking action against homophobia and transphobia in sport, they follow Wycombe Wanderers and Charlton Athletic in signing the charter.

They confirmed they will be publicly signing up to the charter prior to their home fixture against Plymouth Argyle on December 10th 2011.

This will form part of a whole day of action addressing homophobia and transphobia in football by the Communication Workers Union (CWU) at Valley Parade, and Bradford City will become the first UK Professional Football Club (under Football League ruling and acceptance) to allow literature addressing anti-gay issues and LGBT issues to be distributed at a game.

The CWU have been campaigning for over 3 years for strong action to be taken and its National Equality Officer Linda Roy said "The CWU have been campaigning for a long time on rising awareness on homophobia in sport and we are very pleased that Bradford City FC have agreed to host our Day of Action."

Bradford City will receive an award in recognition of the clubs continued efforts in challenging homophobia in football.

Founder of football blog Just a Ball Game? Lindsay England says, "Bradford City has always been very much a community focused club and although like many other lower league sides have priorities in investing in the playing side, diversity also plays a big role in the clubs existence.

I have worked with club officials and the Bradford City Supporters Trust and others to try eradicate anti-gay views held by a small section of our fan base and I believe that the commitment by the club itself to signing up to the ‘CHARTER’ is a huge step forward.

It sends out the right message to both our support and visiting support to Valley Parade. One message which I hope many other UK football teams will now follow.’’

So far over 2,000 professional sports teams, groups, individuals and grass roots competitors have now signed the government charter for action against homophobia in sport.

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