Everton supporting campaign against homophobia

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Everton are the latest Premier League side to back the campaign to kick homophobia out of football. 

Gay rights charity Stonewall and bookmaker Paddy Power started the campaign 'Right Behind Gay Footballers' and earlier this week they sent out rainbow laces to each club in the professional leagues of Britain.

The rainbow is recognised around the world as the symbol for gay pride and it is hoped that by the players wearing the laces, awareness will be raised. Supporters of the plan will hope the players promoting the laces can be role models for the fans and will encourage others to take a stand against homophobia.

Players to have already joined the campaign recently include Joey Barton, and now the Everton Captain Phil Jagielka has had his say.

Speaking to the official Everton website, he said: “For me and the rest of the lads at Everton a player’s sexuality is not important, but their ability on the pitch is.

"We don’t tolerate discrimination of any kind at Everton and the whole club works hard to get that message out to the fans. No-one should feel that they can’t be themselves – on or off the pitch – so that is why we are supporting this initiative.”

Everton take on West Ham at Upton Park this weekend and their players on the pitch will sport the rainbow laces in support of the movement. 

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