Click to enlarge — Gary Cahill, captain of 1st place Chelsea FC — Getty
❝ The Premier League showed their support for the LGBT community this weekend with players and officials alike wearing rainbow laces in matches across the country…
Players from the 20 top flight clubs wore rainbow laces as a show of support while captains from each side had their armbands donned with the rainbow colours.
❝ “The Premier League is all about exciting, passionate and unpredictable football that is for everyone, everywhere.
“The Rainbow Laces campaign complements the work clubs are doing to promote inclusion and diversity in their stadiums, and across all levels of the sport”…PL chief Richard Scudamore on the campaign.
❝ A number of Premier League clubs…changed their social media backgrounds to the rainbow colours as did various media outlets.
The Premier League has also become a member of TeamPride, an organisation’s whose mission is to make sport everyone’s game…TeamPride works with fans and supporters and encourages them to show their support for the LGBT community so as to create an environment in which they can feel safe and accepted.
Every top flight team took part in the awareness push…Officials also wore the laces with massive rainbow flags opening each game…
❝ The rainbow laces campaign was designed by charity Stonewall UK with the Scottish FA following the Premier league’s lead with their own efforts this weekend.
Anyone holding their breath for a campaign this all-encompassing in American professional sport?