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All 20 clubs in Premier League sign Sports Charter to tackle homophobia and transphobia

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All 20 soccer clubs in the English Premier League have signed the government's Sports Charter to tackle homophobia and transphobia in sport. From the UK government's Web site:

Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore said: 'The Premier League and our member clubs believe that everyone should be able to participate in, watch and enjoy sport – whoever they are and whatever their background.

'When the Sports Charter to tackle homophobia and transphobia in sport was launched in 2011 the Premier League signed it and we are pleased to re-affirm our commitment to it today with each of our clubs signing it individually.'

The charter reads:

  • We believe that everyone should be able to participate in and enjoy sport – whoever they are and whatever their background
  • We believe that sport is about fairness and equality, respect and dignity. Sport teaches individuals how to strive and succeed, how to cope with success and disappointment, and brings people together with a common goal
  • We are committed to making these values a reality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. We will work together, and individually, to rid sport of homophobia and transphobia
  • We will make sport a welcome place for everyone – for those participating in sport, those attending sporting events and for those working or volunteering in sports at any level
  • We will work with all these groups to ensure they have a voice, and to challenge unacceptable behaviour

You can read the full charter.