French football to stage day of action against homophobia on 17 May07 May 2009

The French Professional Football League (LFP) and Paris Foot Gay (PFG) are joining forces to mark the international day against homophobia on 17 May. For the first time ever French footballers have launched a nationwide campaign to demonstrate their commitment to the fight against prejudice.

Various activities designed to raise public awareness are scheduled to take place in Week 36 of Ligue 1. On 16 May a video made by So Film and co-financed by the LFP will be screened before the evening kick-offs at the Parc des Princes (Paris Saint-Germain), the Geoffroy Guichard Stadium (Saint-Etienne) and the Louis II Stadium (Monaco).

Paris Saint-Germain are a longstanding partner of Paris Foot Gay and in 2004 they became the first club to sign the charter against homophobia. A number of activities at the game against Auxerre on 16 May (kick-off: 2100 CET) are set to underline PSG's leading role in the struggle against homophobia. Players of both teams will present a Show Homophobia the Red Card banner before the kick-off, the video will be shown several times, and PSG supporters will build a Red Card mosaic in the home end. Pre-match activities will commence at 1900 with a match between PFG and the Variety Club of France.

Auxerre, Monaco, Nice and Saint-Etienne have also decided to follow the example set by PSG and the LFP and will sign the charter against homophobia for next season.

This ninth national day of action against homophobia marks a turning point. Never before has it been possible to mobilise professional footballers in this way. PFG are now hoping that other clubs will follow suit and support the struggle against prejudice next season.

It is very grateful to the LFP for its logistical and financial support, without which this public awareness campaign would never have been possible.