Denmark v Germany friendly celebrates diversity in football08 June 2017

DenmarkwelcomedonTuesday(6June)Germanyforafriendlythat markedthe25thanniversarysincethetwosidesplayedtheUEFAEuro1992final andcelebratedanationwidecampaignagainsthomophobiainfootball.

Both teams’ captains – Julian Draxler for Germany and Denmark’s Christian Eriksen – swapped their usual captain’s bands for a rainbow version.

For the match corner flags were also substituted for rainbow flags and the arena occasionally showed a rainbow flag instead of advertisements on LED walls. Attendees were given colorful stickers and pins which read ‘love is a human right’. The initiative coincides with the celebrations of the LGBT Pride Month, marked every June.

Launched earlier this year, the season-long campaign is aimed at fighting homophobia and improving behaviour in the dressing-room, on the pitch and on terraces. It includes actions in stadiums and at Pride days.

Ahead of the match, Amnesty International Denmark, a supporter of the campaign, released pictures of Danish players with their faces painted as rainbows.

Amnesty International’s Danish Secretary General Trine Christensen said she was very pleased by the collaboration.

“Football is an essential part of Danish culture. As important role models the national team players can really help to make a difference by stipulating that sports are for everyone – no matter who we love.” Christensen said.

The campaign is the result of a join collaboration between the Danish Football Federation, the Players’ Association and the Danish Football Fan Clubs.

Rasmus Trenskow, Chairman of the Danish Football Fan Clubs, said: “When we participate in the campaign, we do it because we want to show that in Denmark we have a lot of committed fans who want to include everyone around the game we love the most.”

On 01 July, the Danish women’s national team will also play a friendly against England in preparation to the UEFA European Women’s Championship, which will also be dedicated to the fight against homophobia.

Danish women’s national team player and KoldingQ midfielder Sanne Troelsgaard said: “From grassroots football to the national team, we must fight together homophobia in Danish football. Football must unite everyone. Everyone who loves football has this responsibility.”