Sunderland stars join anti-homophobia project

SAFC supporting Stonewall
SAFC supporting Stonewall
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SUNDERLAND football stars have joined forces with an anti-homophobia charity.

Players from SAFC are working with Stonewall as part of its ongoing work to promote inclusion.

Squads from across the Barclays Premier League and Football Leagues are highlighting the issue of homophobia, and Black Cats stars have given their backing to the campaign ahead of this weekend’s game against Spurs.

SAFC’s captain John O’Shea said: “Football, because of its global profile, has a unique opportunity to help to shape opinions and break down barriers.

“We want everyone to enjoy watching Sunderland regardless of race, sexual orientation or gender, and as a club and a group of players, we are delighted to show our support to any initiatives to promote inclusion.”

Sunderland, which also signed up to the Football v Homophobia campaign earlier this year, is continuing to strengthen its relationship with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community, working on a number initiatives.

The club marks the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) by flying the rainbow flag at the Stadium of Light each year.

The flag-raising is a mark of recognition of IDAHO Day, which calls for respect for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

SAFC also has a long-standing partnership with Northern Pride, which sees the club’s catering and events division, 1879 Events Management, provide catering facilities to the tens of thousands of people attending the spectacular three-day celebration in Newcastle.

Mark Nichols, chairman of Northern Pride, said: “The support and understanding that SAFC have shown in the fight against homophobia has been amazing.”