The Sydney Rangers Football Club will fly to Victoria to play against the Melbourne Rovers in the inaugural Justin Fashanu Cup this Saturday, with the aim of drawing attention to homophobia in sport
Inspired by the suicide of Justin Fashanu, the only gay male professional English footballer, the event will take place at the Kevin Bartlett Reserve, Richmond.
“We hope this event promotes gay football and we are now working with The Justin Campaign in the UK to fight against homophobia which is so rampant in our sport,” Rangers spokesman Joseph Roppolo said.
“The idea of getting hot and sweaty with the Melbourne boys and battling for gay Aussie football bragging rights was too good to pass up.”
Since finishing fourth in the Canterbury District All-Age Men’s competition this year, the Rangers have focused on the Cup match.
“This is the first time the teams have played each other so neither team is really sure what we are up against,” Roppolo said.
“We are looking for other individuals and groups to start gay football teams in other cities around Australia, with the vision of the Justin Fashanu Cup becoming a national event comprised of gay teams from all around Australia in the future.”
Results from the Justin Fashanu Cup will be covered in next week’s Sydney Star Observer.

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