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Thursday 21 February Updated Thursday 19 February

Hammers back Football v Homophobia

West Ham United's players showed their support for the Football v Homophobia campaign this week by donning T-shirts promoting the group's message in a training session at their Chadwell Heath base.

The Hammers are proud to follow on from their lead last year, when they became one of the first professional clubs in England to show their backing for the campaign, which aims to tackle homophobia and prejudice against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in football.

Football v Homophobia runs around the year to enable people to take action against prejudice and discrimination based on sexuality or gender identity in football, and to celebrate and welcome diversity.

Football v Homophobia

FvH provides support, communication materials, education and training to enable anyone - fans, LGBT communities, grassroots teams, professional football clubs and football authorities - to communicate and promote the message that football is for everybody.

The campaign culminates with a month of action in February, with West Ham United helping with the international show of unity to stand up against homophobia and prejudice against LGBT people in football.

Hammers skipper Kevin Nolan reiterated the importance of the group's message.

He said: "It's important that we, as a club and as a squad, support the Football v Homophobia campaign.

"We're role models and we've got to ensure that we respect all members of society and show that we're open minded.

"If someone came to me and told me - or any of the lads - that they were gay it wouldn't change our view of them one iota and that's the only way it can be, so it's a vital message to push."

Football v Homophobia director Megan Worthing-Davies said: "In order to effectively challenge homophobia and transphobia in football, it is imperative that clubs and their players support the message of Football v Homophobia.

"We are delighted to see West Ham once again leading the way in standing up against discrimination and congratulate the team for their high profile and clear stance on the issue. Well done lads!"

If you would like to find out more about what FvH are doing to tackle these issues and about the simple things you can do to make a difference, go to www.footballvhomophobia.com

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