The Football League has signed the government’s Sport Charter to tackle homophobia and transphobia on behalf of its 72 member clubs.
The charter commits Football League clubs to challenge discrimination and tackle the issue of homophobia and transphobia both on and off the field.
Clubs will strike to make football a welcome place for everyone whether they are playing, working, volunteering or attending a match as a fan.
The Football League clubs will ensure everyone participating in our game has a voice to challenge unacceptable behaviour.
With Championship, League One and League Two clubs joining the campaign, it now means that all 92 professional clubs in domestic football have committed to supporting the charter.
The official signing of the charter was announced with home secretary Theresa May MP at half-time during this year’s Carling Cup final between Cardiff and Liverpool. She was joined by Football League board members Keith Lamb (non-executive director, Middlesbrough), Lorraine Rogers (director, Tranmere) and chairman Greg Clarke.
Clarke said: “I’m delighted that Football League clubs are at the heart of local communities across the country and football has the power to change behaviour within our society.
“Everybody should be able to play, watch and enjoy sport regardless of their background. The Football League and our clubs will continue to play our part in promoting equality and diversity in English and Welsh football.”
May added: “Football has a hugely important part to play in stamping out discrimination and intolerance. That’s why I’m so pleased The Football League – the largest league of professional clubs in Europe – has signed the government’s Sports Charter on behalf of all its clubs.
“We now have all 92 professional league teams signed up. This means our campaign to tackle homophobia and transphobia will reach even more communities and spread the message that playing and watching the beautiful game should be open to everyone.”