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Players praise Game for Equality

Tonight’s game sees the return of our annual Game for Equality and ahead of the match our players have been taking time out to celebrate the club’s diversity and inclusion work.

Prior to our victory over West Bromwich Albion, which sealed the Premier League title, on Friday night, Gary Cahill, Cesar Azpilicueta, N’Golo Kante and others posed for pictures in the shirts the players will warm-up in prior to the visit of Watford.

The shirts will feature the logos of Kick It Out, Football v Homophobia, Show Racism the Red Card, the Gay Football Supporters’ Network, the Premier League and the Football Association as well as our own Building Bridges as we spread the message of equality.

Tonight’s game sees the return of our annual Game for Equality and ahead of the match our players have been taking time out to celebrate the club’s diversity and inclusion work.

Prior to our victory over West Bromwich Albion, which sealed the Premier League title, on Friday night, Gary Cahill, Cesar Azpilicueta, N’Golo Kante and others posed for pictures in the shirts the players will warm-up in prior to the visit of Watford.

The shirts will feature the logos of Kick It Out, Football v Homophobia, Show Racism the Red Card, the Gay Football Supporters’ Network, the Premier League and the Football Association as well as our own Building Bridges as we spread the message of equality.

The contribution of Blues players from all levels, from the first team to the Chelsea Ladies and our Academy sides, is invaluable to that work, helping to engage and enthuse members of those communities of all ages.

‘Equality and diversity is important, not just in football but in life’, said Eden Hazard when he joined pupils from two local schools at a Building Bridges event at Cobham earlier this season.

‘It is important to stay together. It doesn’t matter the religion, the race, we are all one on the earth.

‘The students were good. It’s great for the kids' education. When they grow up they have to know life is not easy, but it’s easier if we're together and respect everybody.’

Spanish winger Pedro also commented on the importance of equality.  He said: ‘It’s a very important initiative.

‘It will be a great occasion for the players and supporters inside our stadium. The atmosphere will be very good for everybody. It’s a very good moment for the club as a whole and we are looking forward to it.’

Through Building Bridges, our club-wide equality initiative, we bring together anti-discrimination campaigns and charities as well as football authorities, to highlight the importance of tackling all forms of discrimination and creating an inclusive environment for everyone.

You can find out more about Building Bridges by clicking here.

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