Premier League: Clubs back anti-homophobia campaign

West Ham: Against homophobia

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More than half of Premier League clubs have signed up to a 'Football v Homophobia' campaign.

Eleven clubs - Arsenal, Aston Villa, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Stoke, Sunderland and West Ham - have already signed up.

However, only 16 of the 72 Football League clubs have so far joined the campaign.

The month of action was launched at Upton Park last weekend, where West Ham's players donned 'FvH' T-shirts.

Hammers skipper Kevin Nolan said: "For us as players and role models, we all recognise the importance of the Football v Homophobia campaign.

"We're passionate about supporting this and we hope that it sends out a message that there is no place for discrimination in football, nor in any sport."

There are no openly gay players in English professional football - former English based players Thomas Hitzlsperger and Robbie Rogers have come out but only leaving this country.

Sports minister Helen Grant has backed the campaign, saying: "Football v Homophobia is raising the awareness of important issues and provides ways for everyone in football to get involved.

"We hope everyone in the game will continue their support by taking action with the campaign."

Campaign director Lou Englefield added: "This isn't just about players coming out. It's about all of us - including heterosexual players and fans who attend matches week in week out - being willing to speak out and take visible action to challenge prejudice in the game."