Support for national initiative at Oxford game
AFC Wimbledon will today be showing its support for the Football v Homophobia (FvH) campaign.
The campaign has its month of action during February with the aim of making football safe and welcoming for everyone.
It is an international campaign to tackle homophobia and prejudice against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in football.
“Prejudice and discrimination in football affects us all. In fact, a lot of the homophobic language and abuse that is directed at football players, managers, officials and fans, targets heterosexual people. This doesn’t mean that it’s okay. An FvH spokesperson said:
“Using discriminatory language towards someone because you don’t like the way they play football, manage a team, make a refereeing decision or because of whom they support is wrong. It’s against the laws of the game and can be a criminal offence, but most importantly, it can make football an intimidating and unpleasant place for people.”
AFC Wimbledon’s club charter states that “We respect and value the diversity that exists within our communities and are committed to challenging attitudes that promote discrimination.”
The club will not tolerate any discriminatory behaviour on these grounds, whether physical or verbal, by its own employees, volunteers or fans, or by visitors, in the vicinity of the stadium. Whenever such behaviour is brought to the club’s attention, the club will act robustly in taking appropriate disciplinary action.
If you witness any behaviour during a game, such as anti-gay chanting and hateful or prejudiced language, speak to a nearby steward or the police.
You can also use Kick It Out’s app www.kickitout.org/get-involved/report-it , which allows supporters to report incidents in a discreet way during the game. The app figures out which stadium you are in, and your complaint is sent immediately to the control room in the ground.
Alternatively, you can report an incident direct to the club. Contact 020 8547 3528 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
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