Arsenal, Paddy Power, the charity Stonewall, and the Gay Football Supporters’ Network have joined forces to fight one of sport’s biggest challenges – homophobia in soccer.
In what is becoming a yearly tradition, players from clubs across England are asked to wear rainbow laces for one weekend to show support for the gay community.
Arsenal have released a light-hearted video in which the players make fun of things they cannot change about themselves – from Mikel Arteta’s lego-man hair, to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s resemblance to a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.
Arteta said: “We’re very happy to support the campaign and, while the advert is a light-hearted look at the things we can’t change, discrimination in football cannot be tolerated and we need to work together to change this.”
Stonewall will be sending out rainbow laces to all clubs in England for players to wear over the weekend of 13/14 September. Last year players from 52 different clubs laced up to show their support, and it’s hoped that this year the response is even bigger.
You can show your support for the campaign by sharing #rainbowlaces on Facebook and Twitter.