2015 Football v Homophobia campaign launches in Manchester

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The 2015 Football v Homophobia campaign has launched in Manchester, at the National Football Museum.

Launching yesterday, a number of clubs from up and down the UK – from Premier League teams such as Chelsea and Manchester City – to others like Dulwich Hamlet and Tonbridge Angels – offered their support.

The campaign, which has run for several years, aims to raise awareness of homophobia, and to remove it from football.

The launch on Sunday signifies the start to a month of events including “dedicated” fixtures, and panel debates.

Lou Englefield, campaign director, looking forward to this fifth year of activity, said: “It’s great to see that LGBT people are more visible than ever in football,

“The last 12 months has seen an explosion of LGBT fans groups in the UK. Its clear the message that football is for everyone is really gaining momentum.

“Football v Homophobia is an independent campaign that everyone can support, from grassroots to the professional game.

“The FvH family, which includes people from all parts of the football community, continues to amaze us. We’re looking forward to another great month of action in 2015.”