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WIGAN ATHLETIC SUPPORTING FOOTBALL V HOMOPHOBIA

2 February 2016

Latics showing support for Football v Homophobia throughout Month of Action this February.

  • Wigan Athletic v Bury dedicated Football v Homophobia game.
  • Part of Football v Homophobia’s Month of Action this February.
  • Wigan Athletic and Oldham Athletic Kicks holding Football v Homophobia tournament.

Wigan Athletic are showing support for Football v Homophobia’s Month of Action this February and have named their Sky Bet Football League One fixture against Bury on Saturday 27th February as their dedicated Football v Homophobia match.

Football v Homophobia is a campaign tackling homophobia and prejudice against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people in football, aiming to make football safe and welcoming for everyone.

Gary Caldwell said: "As a football club Wigan Athletic is committed to promoting all areas of equality and diversity so we are delighted to be working with the Football v Homophobia campaign again this year, with the players showing their support by warming up in t-shirts before the home game against Bury later in the month.”

As part of the month, players from both Wigan Athletic’s and Oldham Athletic’s Community Trust’s Kicks programmes will be taking part in Football v Homophobia workshops and a friendly football tournament at Wigan Youth Zone, before watching the first team fixture between the two teams at the DW Stadium on Saturday 13th February.

Wigan Athletic’s Under 18s will be taking part in a Football v Homophobia awareness workshop around language and banter through their education programme.

And Wigan Athletic Community Trust are talking to organisers of Wigan’s Gay Pride Festival to see how they can support the day later this year.

If you witness any behaviour during a game, like anti-gay chanting and hateful or prejudiced language, speak to a nearby steward, the police, a club official or contact Kick It Out via the reporting line - 0800 169 9414 – or the Kick It Out app and website.

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