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FA to launch anti-homophobia campaign

Jessica Geen March 5, 2009

The Nike match ball infront of rainbow flags during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Newcastle United at Vitality Stadium on February 24, 2018. (Catherine Ivill/Getty)

The Football Association is planning to release a DVD to raise awareness of homophobia in the sport.

After a number of incidents involving anti-gay chants and abuse, the organisation is teaming up with Kick It Out, the Professional Footballers Association and Peter Tatchell to produce the video.

An FA spokesman said: “The idea is that we’ll have something ready for the start of the 2009/10 season.

“Ideally, we’ll be able to get the DVD shown on stadium big screens plus schools, colleges and universities across the country.

“We’re hopeful that well-known players will get involved via the PFA although it’s important to stress that no-one has yet been approached as we’re still at the storyboard stage.”

Sol Campbell and David Beckham are among the big-name stars who have been subjected to homophobic abuse.

At a game in September, a 13-year-old boy was among those charged with “indecent chanting” targeted at Portsmouth player Campbell.

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