Soccer tackles homophobia

Soccer tackles homophobia

The UK Football Association has committed to taking a leading stance on sexuality discrimination this year and will tackle homophobia in the sport for the first time.

A number of high profile soccer stars, including David Beckham, Rio Ferdinand, Ashley Cole, Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney have participated in an anti-homophobia video due for release in March and set to be shown in cinemas, on television and in stadiums.

The campaign has been spearheaded by rights activist Peter Tatchell of UK gay rights group Outrage! who has long advocated that the FA take a stand against homophobia in sport.

Tatchell said he hopes the video will be well received and will make anti-gay chants as unacceptable as racist chants and encourage some players to have the confidence to come out.

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