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The Football Association has launched a four year plan to promote equality in football.
It commits the FA to taking action in six key areas to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender inclusion in football.
The plan comes after the FA signed the Home Office’s Sports Charter - which calls for an end to homophobia and transphobia in sport.
Since last year, the Sports Charter has been signed by 3,000 sporting bodies, clubs, professional athletes, celebrities and fans, including comedian Stephen Fry.
Home Office Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone said: ‘The whole world admires the skill and competitive drama on display in our football grounds but sometimes we also see the worst of intolerance and discrimination.
‘That’s why the government launched the Sports Charter last year. It’s a rallying cry for all of us to tackle homophobia and transphobia in sport.
‘The FA were one of the founding signatories of this Charter and I am delighted to see them take forward their commitment to ensure football is a welcoming place for everyone.’
A film featuring former players John Scales, Brendan Batson and Aidy Williams discussing homophobia in football has also been made as part of the action plan.
The Home Office Sports Charter is open to leagues, teams, and individual participants and spectators. You can show your support by ‘liking’ our Facebook page www.facebook.com/lgbtsportcharter
Published: 20 February 2012
From: Home Office