Saturday’s fixture is City’s designated game for the Football v Homophobia campaign that runs every February and is supported by Lincolnshire FA.
Football v Homophobia is an initiative that exists to challenge discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression at all levels of football. The campaign engages in education, advice and guidance, research, and policy consultation to make existing football structures safe, welcoming, and inclusive for all LGBTQ+ people.
We believe that football is for all and should be available and accessible to everyone, without prejudice or discrimination. Huge strides have been taken within football in the UK, especially in recent years with professional players like Jake Daniels and Zander Murray feeling comfortable and safe to come out as LGBTQ+ and express who they are.
However, there is still more to be done – with several incidents of homophobic chanting across all levels of the game. Statistics provided by Lincolnshire FA show that at grassroots level of football:
- There have been 16 reported cases in Lincolnshire so far this season of allegations around homophobic abuse.
- There have been four more reports with allegations of homophobic abuse this season so far than the entirety of the 2021/22 season in Lincolnshire.
- 10% of all disciplinary investigations this season have been into allegations of comments made which reference a protected characteristic.
It is encouraged by Lincolnshire FA that any discrimination is reported via the form on their website or by calling 01522 596580. Discrimination can also be reported via the Kick It Out app or the Kick It Out website – kickitout.org/report.
On Sunday Lincolnshire FA will be hosting their Football v Homophobia event – which includes a six-a-side mixed gender tournament on the 3G pitch adjacent to the LNER Stadium followed by a Q&A guest panel discussion in the Legends Lounge.