AFC Wimbledon supports Football Fans against Homophobia
AFC Wimbledon has become the first British club to lend its support to the Football Fans against Homophobia campaign during their match against Accrington Stanley on 12 October.
Initiated by AFC Wimbledon supporters, the club League 2 club dedicated the match to the fight against discrimination as part of the Fare Action Weeks.
The club said in a statement on its website that it is an inclusive club where everyone is welcome, regardless of their background. Discrimination of any kind has no place on the terraces, on the pitch or in the dressing room.
“The club’s management and players urge supporters to help create a positive and inclusive atmosphere at The Cherry Red Records Stadium,” it was announced.
The travelling banner of the “Football Fans Against Homophobia” campaign was displayed at the game, and during the pre-match warm-up, AFC Wimbledon players donned T-shirts in support of the campaign.
Founded in Berlin in 2011, “The Football Fans against Homophobia” campaign has gained increased support among supporters. A banner was created and displayed and has been travelling since. It was on display at more than 50 football clubs and football-related community projects across Germany. Since 2013, an English version of the banner has been touring around Europe, and has been displayed in Croatia, Denmark, Greece, Norway and the Netherlands.
Saturday’s match was the first time the banner was hosted by an English football club.
Fan groups interested in hosting the banner at their club, can contact the group through their blog or on Facebook
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