Premier League clubs showed their support for the Rainbow Laces campaign with captains wearing armbands while players and officials wore the special laces.
The initiative, launched in 2013 by Stonewall, is designed to promote LGBT inclusion and ‘make sport everyone’s game’.
The Rainbow Laces Campaign was also shortlsited for the Diversity Marketing Campaign of the year award at the 2018 Inclusive Companies Awards!
There was a Rainbow Laces display on the electronic advertising boards at St Mary’s, Southampton
The annual activation period of the campaign began in November and, with the Premier League’s involvement this year having begun in earnest with the Cardiff vs Wolves fixture on Friday night, more top-flight clubs around the country have stepped up their efforts in getting fully behind the cause.
“We’re proud to support @Stonewalluk’s #RainbowLaces Campaign. Make Sport Everyone’s Game!” – Manchester City Captain, Vincent Company.
Champions Manchester City have been keen supporters of the campaign and Fernandinho was one of the club skippers to sport a rainbow armband during Saturday’s 3-1 victory against Bournemouth at the Etihad.
Burnley captain Ben Mee did the same at Crystal Palace’s Selhurst Park, while players and staff members at several Premier League clubs wore the distinctive laces.
Former Chelsea and England left-back Graeme Le Saux, who endured homophobic abuse during his career, is the Chelsea Pride patron and spoke about his thoughts on the campaign on Saturday.
“Thankfully, I know no other player who will go through what I went through, because the environment has changed so much,” Le Saux told Chelsea’s official website.
“It’s not perfect. But I think we’ve come a long way in a relatively short period of time and the fact that the club have got their own equality consultant, who oversees everything, is a big step in the right direction which other clubs should follow.”
Chelsea also continued to support the Rainbow Laces campaign on Sunday for their match against Fulham, which was live on Sky Sports from 11am.
Sky Sports is a member of TeamPride and supports Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign, which is currently receiving its annual activation across British sport until December 7.