As part of our ongoing commitment to equality and diversity, Chelsea are supporting Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign when Fulham visit Stamford Bridge on Sunday and at the Women’s Continental Tyres Cup match against Yeovil on Wednesday.
The club is committed to ensuring our club is a safe and welcoming place for LGB&T (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people, their friends and families, and so we are proud to once again be supporting the campaign which sends a strong message of zero-tolerance to homophobic, biphobic and transphobic behaviour, whether on the pitch, in the stands or on social media.
The captains of both our men’s and women’s teams will be wearing special rainbow-themed armbands to show their backing for the campaign and players at all levels are being encouraged to wear rainbow-coloured laces on their boots.
In addition at Stamford Bridge this weekend, we will be showing our support by using a rainbow-branded ball plinth, pitch flag, handshake board and substitutions boards, and our LED perimeter boards will display information about the campaign.
While the games on Sunday and Wednesday will be our main campaign focal points, the club is also getting involved off the pitch. Activities will include awareness-raising sessions for all our Academy squads and briefings for matchday stewards, as well as an interview between former Chelsea star Graeme Le Saux and the chair of our LGBT fans group, Chelsea Pride, about what the club is doing to tackle anti-LGBT abuse.
Rainbow Laces are also being sent to teams who represent the Chelsea Foundation across the South-East with players encouraged to tweet their support for the campaign.
Anyone who witnesses or experiences homophobic, biphobic or transphobic behaviour, or any other form of discrimination at a match should report it to a steward or via Kick It Out’s reporting app, which is free to download on any smartphone.
For more information on the campaign or to get your laces visit Rainbow Laces