That is a wonderful way to tackle the vast topic of homophobia in foodball.
Here’s an idea for the football clubs and FA.
Start taking homophobic bigotry on or off the pitch by players and fans, as seriously as they take racist bigotry.
The frankly pathetic response by the FA to homophobic players indicates that the FA is not serious about homophobia in football.
Take a different approach! instead of reacting to situations that arise, have an automatic 5-6 game suspension without pay! Yes it might hit some players harder than others but it makes it clear if your in the FA this is what you can expect.
Some people may say it restricts freedom of speech… but does it? after all if your talking racism or homophobia maybe it’s just going to be a reminder there are automatic consequences for what you say.
If you don’t learn after the first offense then deal with it on a case by case basis.
“Some people may say it restricts freedom of speech”
Freedom of speech does not mean freedom from consequence for speaking.
This latest Justin campaign sounds well meaning but silly
The problem with homophobia in football lies squarely with the clubs and the FA.
It is the clubs and the FA who are entirely responsible from removing homophobia from the game.
Suarez got an 8 match suspension and a 40,000 pound fine for being a racist moron.
Homophobic footballers (4 in the last 2 weeks) got no match ban and much smaller fines.
I want the FA to explain this homophobic double standard.
Oh and another thing – why have only 18 clubs signed up to this campaign.
Time to start asking why the rest of the clubs refused to participate, name their managers and quiz them why they are refusing to tackle the institutional homophobia of football.
Maybe they see it that there are more blacks than there are gays in football. (At least visibly). I sometimes wonder if gays were born with a pink triangle on their foreheads whether that would make life better or worse for them…
Probably be very profitable for cosmetics companies…
I mean I have never had a problem with my sexuality but I’d probably want to pass if it came with genetic branding ;)
I honestly like the campaign ages ago that the FA cancelled for fear that it gave fans homophobic ideas or some nonsense.
The one were a man walked around being aggressively homophobic and shouted, “He’s queer he’s bent his ar$e is up for rent” in his workplace, before the voiceover said ‘you wouldn’t find this acceptable in everyday life so why is it acceptable on the terraces’ (or something like that).
I think it highlighted the stupidity behind homophobia in football quite well.
great post guys ! i read everyday your blog!
Why only have a Football against Homophobia week?
Football against Racism is a long standing and continuous campaign to kick it out of the sport, and had it only been given attention 1 week out of every 52 I’m sure progress would have been a lot slower than it has been.
I welcome the idea of this campaign it is VERY long overdue, but how can we take it seriously or have expectations for it when it’s not given the same impetus as the anti-racism campaign from day one?