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Refugees, homosexuals can expect fairness in sports; 3,000 individuals, clubs back anti-homophobia drive

Nearly 3,000 individuals and clubs have signed up the Government’s Sports Charter to tackle homophobia and transphobia in sport. The campaign received another decisive boost, when all twenty clubs in the Premier League signed up.

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With this, the gays or lesbians, in UK after fleeing persecution back home, can further look forward to fairness in the field of sports.

The clubs have committed to challenge discrimination and work to rid football of homophobic and transphobic abuse both in the stands and on the field.

The voluntary Charter, launched by the Home Office in March last year, unites everyone who loves sport behind a pledge to reject homophobia and transphobia. With world famous Premier League clubs on board the Charter’s message will reach more fans than ever.

Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone said: ‘The whole world admires the skill and competitive drama on display in our football grounds but too often we also see the worst of intolerance and discrimination.

‘That’s why the government launched the Sports Charter last year. It’s a rallying cry for all of us to tackle homophobia and transphobia in sport. Everyone with an interest in sport will want to spread the message that homophobic and transphobic abuse is never acceptable.

‘Nearly 3,000 individuals and clubs have already signed up and I’m delighted that Premier League clubs have taken a stand by signing the Charter too. It sends a really strong signal when clubs in the best league in the world say enough is enough.’

Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore said: ‘The Premier League and our member clubs believe that everyone should be able to participate in, watch and enjoy sport – whoever they are and whatever their background.

‘When the Sports Charter to tackle homophobia and transphobia in sport was launched in 2011 the Premier League signed it and we are pleased to re-affirm our commitment to it today with each of our clubs signing it individually.’

The development is also significant as reports reveal claims filed by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTI) asylum seekers, fleeing persecution and discrimination in their countries of origin, are treated differently across the 27 states of the European Union.

This was revealed by ‘Fleeing Homophobia’, the first-ever EU-wide comparative study recently released by Sabine Jansen and Thomas Spijkerboer (read more: Fleeing homophobia, every year 10,000 LGBTI asylum claims in Europe)

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