Newcastle United FC (NUFC) has announced that it is “proudly supporting” the Football v Homophobia (FvH) campaign, which aims to stamp out homophobic discrimination in the sport.
NUFC Manager Alan Pardew will personally sign a pledge before the kick-off against Tottenham Hotspur tonight, outlining the club’s commitment to the campaign.
The campaign, which is backed by the FA, Premier League and Football League, unites fans, players, communities, grassroots teams, professional clubs and the football authorities in opposing homophobia and prejudice against LGBT people in football.
Lee Marshall, PR and supporter liaison manager, said: “Everyone has the right to attend and enjoy football matches without the fear of abuse or discrimination. It has absolutely no place in society, let alone on football pitches and inside grounds.
“Everybody connected with Newcastle United remains wholeheartedly committed to eradicating this type of behaviour and the attitudes behind it. We’re very proud to be supporting the Football v Homophobia campaign and we ask supporters to join us in maintaining an inclusive environment at St. James’ Park.”
St James’ park attendees are encouraged to notify their nearest steward or police officer of any abuse or discrimination. The campaign also has a text service, which allows users to text HELP followed by the stand, row and seat number (s) of offending individuals to 60070.
The campaign celebrates its annual awareness month this February.