Police join forces with Hertfordshire football clubs to tackle homophobia

PUBLISHED: 09:50 24 February 2016 | UPDATED: 09:50 24 February 2016

Footballers from Stevenage, Watford, Borehamwood, Hitchin, Hertford and Hemel Hempstead with police

Footballers from Stevenage, Watford, Borehamwood, Hitchin, Hertford and Hemel Hempstead with police

Adam Hollier

Hertfordshire Constabulary has teamed up with football clubs and Hertfordshire Football Association to tackle homophobia.

Hertfordshire Police Veterans football teamHertfordshire Police Veterans football team

Toogether, police and the Football Association plan to make a stand against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in football as part of LGBT (Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) History Month in February.

The county’s football clubs and Hertfordshire Constabulary Veterans football team will wear Stonewall’s rainbow laces in at least one match during February.

They will also encourage the reporting of homophobic incidents to police and to football authorities.

LGBT charity Stonewall conducted a survey amongst football fans, which showed that three out of five LGBT football fans think the sport is homophobic.

Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Deputy Lead for Sexual Orientation Inspector Jason Thorne said: “It is fantastic that the county’s clubs have agreed to support this just cause by wearing the Rainbow Laces and I hope that this initiative will help us to work towards homophobia in football being a thing of the past in Hertfordshire.”

“Everyone has a right to enjoy football without fear of being targeted for who they are or what they believe in.”

George Wells Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Hertfordshire FA said: An individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity should never be a barrier to participating in our national sport.

“In partnership with Hertfordshire’s football community we want to stamp out LGBT discrimination in football throughout the county and we strongly encourage those who experience it to report incidents to police, the Hertfordshire FA or through the online Kick It Out app.”

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