The British Premier League is arguably the most prestigious and well-known soccer league in the world. It has announced a three year partnership with LGBT group Stonewall in which they will aim to boost equality within the sport.
Executive chairman of the Premier League Richard Scudamore said: “Premier League football is for everyone, everywhere, and our clubs are committed to equality and diversity at all levels of the sport.”
Further, Ruth Hunt, chief executive of Stonewall, said: “This is an important milestone for football, and for sport. The Premier League have stepped up and demonstrated how committed they are to helping make football inclusive and welcoming of LGBT people. The reasons for the lack of LGBT inclusion in sport are complex. There’s no 10-point charter or pledge that will prevent someone from shouting anti-gay abuse. It needs concentrated work, careful attention and a thought-through strategy to ensure no one is left behind.
“We look forward to working together with the Premier League to create a game where everyone can be themselves.”
The partnership will see various clubs work with Stonewall to draw attention to and alleviate anti-LGBT abuse both on and off the pitch. The league further confirmed that it would do everything in its capabilities to provide an inclusive environment for all LGBT people.