Norwich City sign government’s Sports Charter to tackle homophobia in sport

Norwich City Football Club has announced it has signed the government's Sports Charter to tackle homophobia and transphobia in sport.

Following on from a controversial BBC Three documentary about tragic former City ace Justin Fashanu earlier this week, talk has been rife about homophobia in football and why no other footballer has come out as openly gay.

But today the Canaries, along with all the other 19 Premier League clubs, have committed to challenging discrimination and working to rid football of homophobic and transphobic abuse.

The voluntary Charter, was launched by the Home Office in March 2011. Equalities minister, Lynne Featherstone, said: 'The whole world admires the skill and competitive drama on display in our football grounds but too often 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.'

Nearly 3,000 individuals and clubs have already signed up the charter and Premier League chief executive, Richard Scudamore, added: 'The Premier League and our member clubs believe that everyone should be able to participate in, watch and enjoy sport - whoever they are and whatever their background.

'When the Sports Charter to tackle homophobia and transphobia in sport was launched in 2011 the Premier League signed it and we are pleased to re-affirm our commitment to it today with each of our clubs signing it individually.'

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The Charter is open to leagues, teams, and individual participants and spectators. You can show your support by going to www.facebook.com/lgbtsportcharter

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