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Coventry players could wear rainbow laces in bid to tackle homophobia.

Stonewall Rainbow laces

Coventry City players could sport rainbow coloured boot laces on Saturday in their away game with Port Vale in support of a campaign by Stonewall addressing homophobia.

Stonewall have sent the laces all all Premier League, Football League and Scottish League clubs urging players to show their support to the cause.

The Right Behind Gay Footballers campaign wants players to wear the laces in games on 21 and 22 September.

The campaign is urging players to rally and show support and is keen to stress it is not trying to urge any professional players to come out.

Stonewall deputy chief executive Laura Doughty said: “It’s time for football clubs and players to step up and make a visible stand against homophobia in our national game.

“By wearing rainbow laces, players will send a message of support to gay players and can begin to drag football into the 21st Century.”

The move comes after the Football Association issued a toolkit to all clubs back in February in a bid to tackle homophobic behaviour, however only 29 of the 92 English professional clubs were actively involved with the ‘Football v Homophobia’ campaign.

Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton is one professional player backing the campaign and has appeared in promotional material. Barton has also taken to Twitter to urge fellow professionals and fans to take the same stance.

Barton LacesThere are currently no openly gay footballers within the professional English or Scottish leagues, however former Leeds United and Stoke City player Robbie Rogers came out earlier this year, but only after retiring.

Rogers has since come out of retirement and signed for LA Galaxy in the MLS, however stated that he couldn’t come out during his original playing career because of the “pack mentality” that affects the behaviour of professional players.

Prior to Rogers announcement, only two professional players had publicly announced their homosexuality; Justin Fashanu; the first in Briton to come out and Swedish lower league player Anton Hysen, the son of former Liverpool defender Glenn Hysen.

Fashanu, who came out in 1990, took his own life aged just 37, eight years after his decision to publicly come out.

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