Football v Homophobia challenges discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression at all levels of football.
- The players will be warming up in Football v Homophobia t-shirts.
- Text Wigan to 80800 if you witness any form of discriminatory behaviour within the DW Stadium.
- Latics were the first EFL side to receive the Premier League Equality Standard - Intermediate Level in November 2017.
Saturday’s clash against Rochdale at the DW Stadium will be the club’s designated Football v Homophobia fixture for the 2017/18 campaign.
Football v Homophobia exists to challenge discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression at all levels of football.
Paul Cook’s players will be showing their support to the club’s Together programme of equality and diversity on the day of the game by warming up in Football v Homophobia t-shirts prior to kick-off.
Latics were the first EFL side to receive the Premier League Equality Standard – Intermediate Level award in November 2017, which recognised the practices of Wigan Athletic Football Club, Wigan Athletic Community Trust and the DW Stadium in how it promotes equality and diversity.
Representatives from Football v Homophobia will be delivering a workshop to the club’s academy players at Christopher Park Training Ground on Wednesday 28th February to educate them and raise awareness about homophobia in football and society.
Jonathan Jackson, Wigan Athletic Chief Executive, said: “We’re committed to promoting equality and diversity across all strands of our organisation through our award-winning Together programme, and are delighted to be a part of the Football v Homophobia campaign again this year.”
If you are an LGBTQ Latics supporter or interested in LGBTQ issues and would like to know more about the Together programme, please contact Head of Community Tom Flower at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Should you witness any behaviour during a game, such as anti-gay changing 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. Alternatively, text WIGAN to 80800 if you witness any form of discriminatory behaviour within the DW Stadium.
Wigan Athletic Football Club, Wigan Athletic Community Trust and the DW Stadium are committed to respecting and promoting equality and diversity across all its activities through ‘Together’.