Whilst the subject of racism has dominated the football news agenda recently, the issue of homophobia has continued to take a back seat.
Homophobia remains football’s last taboo, but campaigners are hoping that this week will mark a turning point.
The Football Association launched their Opening Doors and Joining In campaign this week, aiming to tackle homophobia and transphobia within football.
This video explains more about the campaign.
The Government will contribute £3million of funding to St. George’s Park, it was announced today.
The funding for the national football centre will be used to help increase the number of qualified coaches in the country which, along with other specific initiatives, will also encourage more people from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) backgrounds to gain the necessary credentials for coaching and managerial positions at the top of the game.
Football officials and players came together at Downing Street today for a summit aimed at tackling discrimination in football.
The Prime Minister was joined by John Barnes and Graeme Le Saux along with representatives of the FA, PFA, Premier League, Football League and anti-discrimination groups for the meeting aimed at combatting racism and homophobia in football.
“Cry ‘God for Harry, England, and Saint George!’” – Henry V
Some 400 years have passed since Bill Shakespeare wrote Henry V’s famous rallying cry, but the words will strike a chord with the Football Association this week.
As the four-man Club England board work through their shortlist of candidates to succeed Fabio Capello, one name will stand out – written in bold type and underlined. Twice.