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FA to fund anti-homophobia video

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The Football Association has agreed to fund a video featuring high-profile Premier League stars speaking out against homophobia in the game.

Peter Tatchell, of the gay rights group OutRage!, suggested the DVD as a way of challenging the abuse hurled by fans at some players.

"After years of lobbying, the FA has agreed to approach top footballers to make a MTV-style video against homophobia," said Tatchell.

Tatchell's proposals have now been given the go-ahead by the FA and its equality and diversity organisation, Kick It Out, with the backing of the Professional Footballers' Association, which represents Britain's top players.

He added: "The plan is to feature big-name stars speaking out against homophobia, in order to make anti-gay chants look as stupid, ignorant and uncool as racist ones.

"Our wish list of participating football stars includes David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rio Ferdinand, Peter Crouch, David James, Wayne Rooney, John Terry, Frank Lampard, Theo Walcott and Michael Owen.

"We're pressing the FA to get this video broadcast on TV and at matches on the giant stadium screens. We also want the FA to put it on YouTube and distribute copies to every school in the country.

"Our aim is to 'Give homophobia the boot' - to kick anti-gay prejudice off the pitch and out of the terraces. We believe this video will help challenge bigoted attitudes among fans.

"The video idea is a ground-breaking initiative that will have a huge, positive impact in football circles in Britain. It will also be a world first, since no other football governing body has even attempted anything as upfront and bold.

"We expect the video to have a global impact and reach football fans all over the world, helping break down prejudice and thereby make the game a more welcoming and safe sport for gay players and spectators - not just in Britain but internationally."

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