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Danish internationals Cristian Eriksen (pictured) and William Kvist are taking a stand against homophobia in football in a new video released today by FIFPro and Danish players’ association, Spillerforeningen.

Tottenham star Eriksen says homophobia is an unwanted part of the game. Together with FC Copenhagen's William Kvist, they are calling for gay footballers to be accepted like any other.

The campaign against homophobia was launched by Spillerforeningen and Denmark’s national team players in February. Since then, the Danish Football Association (DBU), Amnesty International Denmark and the Danish fan club association have added their support.

As a result of this new collaboration, the recent international friendly between Denmark and Germany, on June 6, was used to highlight the campaign to stamp out homophopia by having both captains, Eriksen and Julian Draxler, wear rainbow-coloured armbands. Eriksen scored in a 1-1 draw in Brondby.

In FIFPro's 2016 Global Employment Report, 7.3% of players worldwide said they had been victims of disciminiation, on the basis of sexuality, race and/or religion. The figure more than doubles to 17.2% for players not based in their home country.

About the campaign

  • It was launched and founded by the players from the Danish National Team in February, 2017.
  • As a part of the campaign all the captains from the Danish Alka Superliga wore a rainbow-coloured armbands in Round 30 of the Alka Superligaen (April 21-24).
  • In the days prior to the June 6 international between Denmark and Germany the likes of Pione Sisto (Celta Vigo), Riza Durmisi (Real Betis), Thomas Delaney (Werder Bremen) and Andreas Bjelland (Brentford FC) all took a stand against homophobia in videos (in Danish) which were posted on social media. See here: https://www.facebook.com/Spillerforeningen/videos/1554657877877692/
  • Spillerforeningen, the Danish FA, Amnesty International Denmark and the Danish fan club association have made a commitment to continue the fight against homophobia for years to come.

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