Football club plans top devote the next match to tackling homophobia


A London football club is set to fight against homophobia with dedicating their matches to those who are discriminated by sexuality or gender identity. The League One match will also be supported by Charlton’s own LGBT supporters’ group, Proud Valiants, and a football club called Bexley Invicta which brands itself as LGBT-friendly. The players will warm up in T-shirts with slogans against homophobia and wave rainbow flags during the matches. Videos will also play to detail the work of Proud Valiants and Bexley Invicta, before pitchside interviews with representatives from those groups. The statement on the club’s website insists there to be no place for homophobia in football and this is a key idea they stand on. “Last season we hosted our first ever Charlton vs Homophobia tournament to help raise awareness for LGBTQ+ football, and we will be doing it again this year,” the statement reads. Bexley Invicta player-manager Gary Ginnaw said the match “marks a special occasion for everyone concerned with Charlton Athletic Football Club and the Proud Valiants”. He added: “As a lifelong Charlton Athletic fan, gay man and footballer – it makes me incredibly proud of the work that has gone on over the last 12 months to ensure this event took place. And 3 points wouldn’t go amiss!”


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