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Premier League clubs' Rainbow Laces posts draw homophobic responses

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Premier League football teams including Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea have received thousands of homophobic responses on social media for showing solidarity with Stonewall’s pro-LGBT Rainbow Laces campaign.

“We are very proud to be supporting the Rainbow Laces campaign and do a great deal of work to promote equality across all levels of the game,” the spokesperson said.

A post on Manchester United’s Facebook page in support of the campaign received more than 43,000 “angry” responses.

Unfortunately social media does tend to attract and give a voice to people with extreme views.” Kirsty Clarke, Stonewall’s director of sport, said: “It’s great to see so many sports associations across the UK proudly championing LGBT equality as part of our Rainbow Laces campaign.

An Arsenal spokesperson said the club’s policies made it clear that discriminatory behaviour would not be tolerated.

Over the past two weeks the clubs have been posting pictures on social media of rainbow-striped logos and messages to back the annual campaign, which was launched by Stonewall in 2013 to kick out homophobia in football.

Fans’ comments including “Say No to LGBT”, “God created Adam and Eve not Adam and Lukaku” and “Gaychester United” each received more than 10,000 likes.
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