Monday, September 16, 2013

Putting on Rainbow Laces

Footballers in England and Scotland have been invited to support a campaign addressing homophobia by wearing rainbow laces in their boots. Laces have been sent to all 92 Premier League and Football League clubs, plus the 42 professional teams in Scotland, by gay rights charity Stonewall.

The Right Behind Gay Footballers campaign wants players to wear the laces in games on September 21 and 22. The focus is on changing attitudes rather than urging players to come out. 

Stonewall deputy chief executive Laura Doughty said: "It's time for football clubs and players to step up and make a visible stand against homophobia in our national game”. 

QPR midfielder Joey Barton is one footballer backing the campaign, appearing in promotional material and taking to Twitter to push the cause. He wrote: "Join the rainbow laces movement. Sexuality in sport should not be an issue in the 21st century."

In this Scottish Premiership clash on Saturday, Celtic had the upper hand when they subdued Hearts 3-1 – their third straight domestic away win. Anthony Stokes won the reigning champions the penalty from which Kris Commons opened the scoring (19), added the second himself (65) following Hearts' equalizer (Jason Holt, 58) and set up Teemu Pukki for the third (86).

This was a good warm-up before they meet AC Milan, their opening Champions League group stage opponents on Wednesday.

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World No. 1 Nicol David secured her eighth CIMB Malaysian Open title on Sunday when she put down Egypt’s Raneem El Weleily, winning 11-8, 11-7, 11-6 for her first Women’s Squash Association (WSA) Tour title of the year. She is on a roll.

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