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Premier League stars call out homophobia in new Kick It Out campaign

Premier League stars call out homophobia in new Kick It Out campaign

Premier LEague footballers Kick It Out campaign

Footballers from the English Premier League have united for a new ad campaign from Kick It Out.

The new video seeks to stamp out homophobic, transphobic and biphobic abuse related to football matches and supporters.

The new advert features a host of top flight names who play in the English Football League (EFL).

Despite usual rivalries, they appear to unite in support of football fans of all backgrounds.

The advert was designed to highlight a new app made to help report abuses at matches quicker.

Arguing that the beautiful game is for everyone, players such as Danny Wellbeck, Juan Mata and Eden Hazard state that ‘football is for everyone’ in the minute-long advert.

‘Football is for everyone’ say Premier League’s top players

24 players appear in the video, taken from all 20 of the teams that make up the Premier League.

The league is the biggest of its kind in the world.

Manchester United player and Belgian international Eden Hazard makes an appearance.

‘Abusive chanting is not okay and can affect anyone.’

Meanwhile, a message that runs through the campaign reads: ‘You might think LGBT fans aren’t welcome at football. They are.’

Premier League Footballer Eden Hazard
Eden Hazard joined a further 20 players from the EFL – the first time a large number has come together publicly to fight homophobia in the sport (Picture: Kick It Out)

The new Kick It Out campaign signals the first time a group of top-flight players have banded together to support the cause.

Previously, players wore rainbow armbands to show their support.

KIO spokesperson said: ‘Kick It Out have been campaigning for LGBT+ inclusion in football for a long time.

‘It’s wonderful that we’ve been able to bring all 20 clubs together for the first time in our history to take a stand against HBT discrimination.

‘This is about the collective force of the game uniting to eliminate behaviour that has no place in the game.’