On the weekend a simple and fun campaign backed by Paddy Power, called ‘right behind gay footballers’, asked footballers up and down the country to sport rainbow laces to show support.The support was incredible for such a simple campaign and may further offer footballers wanting to come out as gay this extra comfort knowing there peers and the public accept it.
Joey Barton was one of the first to back the campaign and said, “Let’s all show football as a community is forward thinking on this situation. I’m proud to say I’m right behind gay footballers.”
Match of the Day host, Gary Lineker, also showed his support on the weekend tweeting a photo of him wearing the laces. The ingenuous campaign is aiming to help prove that everyone is equal and for those who wore the laces on the weekend there was a high spirit knowing they were helping a healthy and innovative cause.
Stonewall, a gay rights charity, teamed up with Paddy Power to send out the idea to the English football league clubs and many players proved they were right behind gay footballers on the weekend by wearing them. A spokesperson for Paddy Power spoke out about the need for footballers, as influential figures, to take a stand and help a cause which needs to be present in the 21st century.
“In most other areas of life people may be open about their sexuality and it’s time for football to take a stand. Fans are able show they are right behind this by simply tweeting using the #RBGF hash tag whilst all players have to do is lace up this weekend to help set an example in world sport.”
The solidarity shown by many footballers over the past weekend put proof to the matter gay footballers are definitely accepted by their colleagues. Also the public showed their support in numbers as after four days of the campaign being launched the hash tag ‘rbgf’ (right behind gay footballers) had been tweeted over 26,000 times.
The tackle for gay footballers to feel accepted in the modern game is on the uprise and fun campaigns like this may prove the country are united in solidarity over a matter which is moving in to be more accepted in the modern game.