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News: Southend United supports 'Football v. Homophobia' initiative

27 February 2015

Blues' game against Carlisle United designated as 'Football v Homophobia' game.

Southend United's home match against Carlisle United on Saturday 28th February has been designated as the Blues' 'Football v. Homophobia' game.

February is the international month of ‘Football v Homophobia’ (FvH) and the Sky Bet League Two match between Southend United and Carlisle United is supporting the initiative.

FvH is a campaign uniting fans, players, communities, grassroots teams, professional clubs and the Football Authorities in opposing homophobia and prejudice against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in football.

Year-round, FvH enables people to take action against prejudice and discrimination based on sexuality or gender identity in football, and to celebrate and welcome diversity in the game. This culminates in an international show of support in February to raise awareness of the issue and to showcase new and existing work.

The campaign has been around since 2010 and manages to generate global attention. In the UK, there has been a massive show of support and a majority of professional clubs took action in February last year.

Throughout Football v Homophobia month and beyond, please help by standing up to prejudice and discrimination against LGBT people in the game. Together we can make football a welcoming place for everyone.

If you witness any unacceptable behaviour during a game, like homophobic chanting and hateful or prejudiced language, speak to a nearby steward, the police, a club official or contact Kick It Out via the reporting line - 0800 169 9414 – or the Kick It Out app

To further support the campaign and for more information please click here. You can also keep up to date with all the news by following the campaign on Twitter: @FvHTweets or liking the Facebook page. And you can also use #fvh2015 in any tweets or Facebook posts supporting the initiative.

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