Hammers back Rainbow Laces campaign

West Ham United's first-team squad once again showed their support for inclusion in football by lending their backing to the Stonewall Rainbow Laces campaign.

Players used the laces in their boots in training at Chadwell Heath over the weekend as they prepared for the Barclays Premier League away game at Hull City on Monday.

Hammers vice-captain Mark Noble said: "We are all supporting this campaign. Once again as a team, we spoke about how we wanted to support it in the best way and decided to wear the laces in our boots for training.

"All the lads are passionate about supporting campaigns that are helping to push all forms of discrimination out of football and all sports."

The campaign, in conjunction with GFSN [Gay Football Supporters' Network], is in its second year and has the backing of the FA and Premier League.

Noble added: "We sincerely hope that it sends out the message that there is simply no place for discrimination in football and all sports."