Professional footballers in England and Scotland have been invited to wear rainbow coloured laces in their boots this weekend to support a campaign addressing homophobia in football.

Rainbow coloured laces have been allocated to all of the English Premier League and Football League clubs, as well as teams in Scotland, in attempt to get some backing for gay rights charity Stonewall.

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

"By wearing rainbow laces players will send a message of support to gay players and can begin to drag football into the 21st century."

Homophobia is often a taboo subject amongst football fans, players, managers and lots of individuals have talked of the need to address these problems and move football into the 21st century. 

In no other profession would it be acceptable to discriminate against sexuality, but it appears as though it remains in the country's favourite sport. 

Former Leeds United winger, Robbie Rogers, was the last professional player to openly admit his sexuality. 

He told the BBC: "I'm sure there are a lot of players over the years who have played in England, or wherever, and are too frightened to come out.

"At the time I thought it wasn't possible. But looking back now I think the fans would have been so supportive of me.

"In the changing room, maybe it would have been awkward in the first few days with guys not knowing what to say. But I think they would have been supportive and loving."

Prior to Roger's revelation, only one other player had openly admiited his sexuality in the English game.

Former England Under-21 international Justin Fashanu was the first and only player in England to admit to his sexuality. That was all the way back in 1990, but he sadly took his own life after receiving threats and abuse from fans and other players.

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