Support gay footballers campaign

Stephen Fry has backed a new campaign to support gay footballers. The campaign is being run by Stonewall and Paddy Power.

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Premier League: Happy to work with Stonewall

A Premier League spokesman said:

The underlying message behind this campaign is a good one, indeed we and our clubs have worked hard with government and other stakeholders to ensure the whole equalities agenda is something we fully are aware of and engaged in.

However, we were not consulted about this particular campaign. Had we been involved earlier in the process we could have worked with Stonewall to consider things like boot deals, the use of particular betting partners, and other issues.

It is up to individual clubs and players to decide whether they support this campaign. We have let Stonewall know that we would be happy to talk to them in the future to discuss ways in which we could work together.

– Premier League spokesman

Premier League: Decision to be left to individuals

Premier League: up to "individual clubs and players" Credit: PA

The Premier League has said it is up to "individual clubs and players" to decide whether to wear rainbow laces this weekend as part of a campaign against homophobia in football.

The campaign has been backed by Norwich City director Stephen Fry.

The gay rights charity Stonewall has sent laces to all 92 professional clubs in England, plus the 42 in Scotland, asking players to wear the laces.

The Right Behind Gay Footballers campaign campaign has also been backed by a bookmakers but the Premier League said it was not consulted.

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Fry backs new campaign to support gay footballers

Stephen Fry has backed a new campaign to support gay footballers. The campaign is being run by Stonewall and Paddy Power.

The launch of the scheme has seen pairs of rainbow laces sent to every professional footballer in the country to allow them to show their public support for gay players.

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