Football v Homophobia
For the second year running, Liverpool FC supported the Football v Homophobia campaign by hosting a Gay Football Supporters Network (GFSN) league match at the Liverpool FC Academy in Kirkby (Saturday 9th February).
The Club hosted the fixture between Mersey Marauders and Wolverhampton Harts to tackle discrimination in football. The top flight club has supported this campaign for two years and is determined to rid football of homophobia. Local gay and gay-friendly team Mersey Marauders beat Wolverhampton Harts 7-2.
“Last year we became the first Barclays Premier League club to be officially represented in a Pride march. Our commitment to ensuring that equality and principles of inclusion are embedded into all areas of Liverpool Football Club continues through this event, tackling homophobia” commented Ian Ayre, Managing Director of Liverpool FC.
Louise Englefield, campaign director for Football v Homophobia, said: “We’re an international campaign and Liverpool is a huge club with a global impact. So if they are standing up in the campaign against homophobia, it sends a massively strong message to people.
“It’s great to be able to have events like this and to be able to tell people about them. The message is that everyone has a place in football, everyone has a place at LFC and that’s what we want people to know.”
The Club also supports anti-discrimination through signage at Anfield and on season ticket terms and conditions as well as messaging in tannoy announcements and match day programmes