What is the rainbow lace campaign, why are the players wearing them and where can you buy them?

RAINBOW LACES campaign is underway this weekend with both football and rugby battling homophobia in sport.

The campaign aims to raise awareness and support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender players and fans.

 The rainbow laces that the players will be wearing

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The rainbow laces that the players will be wearing

The Premier League will see players and referees wearing the laces whilst rugby union will also support the campaign..

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When did the campaign start?

The Rainbow Laces campaign began in 2013 and was launched by LGBT equality charity Stonewall.

What is the Rainbow Laces campaign?

The movement began because Stonewall look to fight homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in sport.

They claim that 72 per cent football fans have heard anti-LGBT remarks at games over the last five years.

And that one in five 18 to 24-year-olds say they would be embarrassed if their favourite player came out.

The plan is for the campaign to raise awareness and tackle the present problem within sport.

Who is supporting the campaign?

Football clubs from the Premier League down to the football league will take part in the Rainbow Laces campaign.

Whilst teams from Premiership Rugby and Welsh Rugby will also wear the laces.

Where can you buy the Rainbow Laces?

You can purchase the laces for yourself for just £2.99 on Stonewall’s website.

As well as having the freedom to make a donation, you can also buy other products to support the campaign.

With accessories ranging from mugs, posters, cuff links and also a bandana for your dog.

Classic Premier League match between Southampton and Everton from 1996

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