MCFC and City in the Community (CITC) are proud to be supporting the annual ‘Football v Homophobia’ (FvH) month of action for the fourth year as part of its on-going work to challenge discrimination and celebrate diversity in football.
On Monday 1 February, City hosted the Football V Homophobia launch event at the Etihad Stadium.
CITC Ambassador Alex Williams MBE opened up the proceedings and spoke about how football plays an important role in creating an inclusive society.
On Thursday 4 February, Lou Englefield from Football V Homophobia delivered an awareness workshop to a group of CITC participants from its Pathways project, which was very well received.
Sunday’s fixture against Tottenham Hotspur was our designated game of action which included both teams warming up in supportive t-shirt, interviews with Manchester City’s LGBT Canal Street Blues Supporters Club and half-time activity on the pitch.
Manchester City’s Official Supporters Club have also gathered support from the campaign. Fans from as far as Melbourne and as near as Didsbury took part in the short video which was played out at half time. Click here to view the video.
Skipper Vincent Kompany stated: "We're proud to be supporting the Football v Homophobia campaign once again.
"We hope that it sends out a message that there is no place for discrimination in football, nor in any sport."
Lou Englefield, Founder of Football v Homophobia said: "Manchester City Football Club takes action year-round to tackle homophobia and to welcome LGBT people to the club.
"We're delighted that Football v Homophobia is part of the club's work in this area. Having the support of a big club like City during our Month of Action helps us reach a global community of supporters with the message that football is for everyone.
"We're hugely grateful to the club for backing the campaign again this season, hosting the launch of our Month of Action, supporting our education work and designating a game to FvH."
Supporters can find out more about the Football v Homophobia campaign by visiting: www.footballvhomophobia.com and can keep up to date with all the news by following the campaign on Twitter or liking the Facebook page.