UK and Scottish Footballers to Wear Rainbow Laces as Show of Support for Gay Players


All 92 Premier League and Football League football clubs, plus 42 pro teams in Scotland, have been sent rainbow lacess by LGBT rights group Stonewall to encourage them to be worn on September 21 and 22 as part of The Right Behind Gay Footballers campaign which is focused on changing attitudes toward openly gay players in the sport.

2_lacesSaid Stonewall deputy CEO Laura Doughty: "It's time for football clubs and players to step up and make a visible stand against homophobia in our national game. By wearing rainbow laces, players will send a message of support to gay players and can begin to drag football into the 21st Century."

At least one player is on board.Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton has been tweeting the campaign, encouraging players to get on board, tweeting, "Show that peoples sexuality shouldn't be an issue. Join the rainbow laces movement…."

Barton even suggests, "Alternatively, if you have glorious, flowing locks like I do, you can use the laces as a headband!"



  1. Windswept says

    Erm.. ?

    As a Scotsman, living not far from Edinburgh, I can assure you that Scotland is still part of the UK, you know, the United Kingdom….

  2. Ken says

    Who knew the Scots were so sensitive about pesky geo-political boundaries and such. Lighten up, mates; geography is hard!

    Just ribbing you, from one who is of Scotish ancestry to those of you who are the real deal.

  3. JMC says

    i like that literally all players were sent a pair of laces so anyone who doesn’t wear them will be explicitly stating that they do not want gay people to play football. let the truth be known.

  4. Jonathan says

    I’m assuming this was cleared with the various leagues involved. There’s some pretty draconian uniform rules out there and people can get fined heavily for deviating from sanctioned attire.