On February 19th 2010, The Justin Campaign launched Football v Homophobia – An international day opposing homophobia in football, which provided an opportunity for individuals, communities and teams the world over to communicate their disapproval of homophobia in football and celebrate football’s diverse following under the banner of Football v Homophobia.
We intend that Football v Homophobia on Feb 19th will become the one day out of each year where individuals, community groups, teams and clubs all over the world can express their disapproval of homophobia in football by celebrating under the banner of Football v Homophobia.
We hope that you can express your support for the day next year and ensure that this initiative significantly changes how LGBT people are perceived and treated in football.
Remember you don’t have to be a football fan or sports group to back the campaign! Impacting on homophobia in football will communicate a zero tolerance attitude to homophobia in any shape, or form, across the world.
In the United Kingdom, the campaigners headed for Norwich where Justin Fashanu began his footballing career, to observe Football v Homophobia Day with members of Justin’s family, staff from Norwich City Football Club, Norwich LGBT Pride Collective, Norwich City FC fans and members of the public.
The campaigners began the day in the Millennium Library, with an exhibition on the life and career of Justin Fashanu – providing an opportunity for fans and members of the public to engage with the campaign and learn more about Football v Homophobia.
A special tournament was also arranged to mark the day. Taking place at Carrow Park, local communities battled it out to get their hands on a glitter encrusted world cup, with even Amal Fashanu and her mother donning the Justin Fashanu All-stars kit and showing us some Fashanu family skills.
The evening’s close saw Dave McNally, chief executive of Norwich FC, describing his club’s commitment to seeing an end to homophobia in football while there were also closing speeches from local MPs and Justin Campaign directors Jason Hall & Darren Ollerton.
The Hot Scots observing Football v Homophobia in their Love Football tournament, February 14th in Edinburgh.
The Merseyside Marauders launched their new kit and celebrated Football v Homophobia as part of a hate crime awareness raising day.
Individuals and teams descended on the URBIS museum in Manchester in a flashmob style football supporters photo opportunity with the Football v Homophobia banner.
A round robin football competition between Sussex University, Brighton University & Sussex Medical School was organised on the Falmer Campus, Brighton.
Despite seeing their tournament rained off, The Nottingham Ball Bois observed Football v Homophobia at a gathering in their local LGBT venue.
And in Brighton, The Brighton Bandits met The London Leftfooters in a Football v Homophobia friendly...
In Washington DC, the Federal Triangles said no to homophobia in football by arranging a five-a-side friendly and donning branded t-shirts and hoodies for the day.
In Barcelona, LGBT sports organisation Panteras Grogues arranged a football tournament, with representatives from political parties taking to the stage and vocalising their support for the campaign.
In Croatia, the White Angels Zagreb descended on their home stadium to protest against homophobia in football.
In Mexico City, Tri Gay Mexico played out the semi-finals of their Mexico City LGBT Football Tournament under the banner of Football v Homophobia.
Here at The Justin Campaign we are happy to field any questions regarding the launch of the initiative, support you in developing any ideas you might have about how you celebrate Football v Homophobia and provide you with any promotional materials such as posters and flyers.
07791 583088 – Jason Hall
07925 733387 – Darren Ollerton
07904 208187 – Paul Windsor