Norwich Pride has teamed up with the LGBTI supporter’s group for English soccer club Norwich City FC to take down homophobia in the stands.
The Show Some Respect campaign was launched today (23 February) with the help of Proud Canaries at the Norwich City v Bristol City match.
The message of the campaign is if supporters hear someone saying something discriminatory against LGBTI people, they should be shown a rainbow card and told to show some respect. The cards include artwork from illustrator David Shenton.
Thousands of cards and stickers, as well as education packs, are being made available to schools.
In honor of Justin Fashanu
The campaign was launched to celebrate five years of Proud Canaries as well as their late member, John Griffiths.
However, most of all, they are honoring the memory of Norwich City legend Justin Fashanu.
Fashanu was the first British professional footballer to come out as gay.
Homophobia has always been an issue in British football. There are currently no out professional soccer players, despite the top English league being one of the most renowned in the world. Several newspapers have said they know of the identity of several gay players, but they are afraid to come out.
Their contracts could be at risk, which are worth millions of pounds. Tackling the homophobia of the supporters would pave the way for players to come out.