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Steven Pressley backs anti homophobia campaign.

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Coventry City captain Carl Baker wore rainbow laces in the match against Port Vale in support of the Right Behind Gay Footballers campaign.

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley has backed the campaign by Stonewall and Paddy Power which saw professional players throughout England and Scotland wear rainbow coloured laces in their boots over the weekend to help promote the the issue of homophobia in football.

City captain Carl Baker and defenders Blair Adams & Andy Webster wore the laces during City’s 3-2 loss at Port Vale on Saturday.

The campaign was a success, with a number of high profile players donning the laces including QPR’s Joey Barton, Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud and the whole Everton team. However, some clubs refused to participate due to Paddy Power’s involvement over previous mocking of players and a lack of involvement in the campaign.

Pressley said: “The message of trying to remove homophobia from the game is something that we as a club fully support and I was more than happy to give my backing to players that chose to wear the laces if they wished to do so.

“We all need to continue working to make sure that football is an enviroment that welcomes everybody so if this has gone some way to promoting that then it’s something that we are pleased to be able to have taken part in.”

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