Ligue One Teams Join Campaign Against Homophobia
Ligue One is becoming a shining light in the fight against homophobia in football. Their efforts stand in stark contrast to the negative reaction of English Premiership players to a planned FA run anti-homophobia campaign. Where they refused to be counted, French players have stepped forward to voice their support of homosexual players. This is the first time active professional players have taken part in a campaign. Ligue One teams Girondins de Bordeaux, Montpellier Hérault Sport Club and Paris Saint-Germain signed the charter being proposed by French site ParisFootGay The only Ligue Two club who responded positively to the charter is Evian Thonon Gaillard Football Club. While this may seem slightly negative Evian Thonon Gaillard Football Club have topped the table in Ligue two’s 2010-2011 season.
Influencing younger football supporters is an important part of fighting homophobia. In a few generations there has been a significant decrease in bias against traits which cannot be hidden such as race or gender. However bias against traits which can be hidden, while not seen as acceptable by many, have not gained the negative notoriety of sexism or racism. If homophobia in football is condemned at the highest level by both prominent players and clubs then it is possible to raise awareness about the issue. This could lead to future generations considering homophobia to be as unacceptable and despicable as sexism and racism. Then perhaps it will be accepted that ‘Homophobia will never help you to win a match. A gay footballer, maybe’ and in football winning a match is paramount, a footballer’s private life is not.