Players to decide on rainbow laces

first_imgThe Premier League has said it is up to “individual clubs and players” to decide whether to wear rainbow laces this weekend as part of a campaign against homophobia in football. Press Association The gay rights charity Stonewall has sent laces to all 92 professional clubs in England, plus the 42 in Scotland, asking players to wear the laces. The Right Behind Gay Footballers campaign has also been backed by a bookmakers but the Premier League said it was not consulted. center_img A Premier League spokesman said: “The underlying message behind this campaign is a good one, indeed we and our clubs have worked hard with government and other stakeholders to ensure the whole equalities agenda is something we fully are aware of and engaged in. “However, we were not consulted about this particular campaign. Had we been involved earlier in the process we could have worked with Stonewall to consider things like boot deals, the use of particular betting partners, and other issues. “It is up to individual clubs and players to decide whether they support this campaign. We have let Stonewall know that we would be happy to talk to them in the future to discuss ways in which we could work together.” There are no known openly gay footballers in the English and Scottish professional leagues. Former Leeds and United States winger Robbie Rogers retired in February, announcing his sexuality and claiming he could not have continued his career due to the “pack mentality” that changes the way footballers behave. He later reversed his decision to quit the game and signed for the LA Galaxy. Before Rogers’ revelation, only two high-profile footballers had publicly said they were gay. Former England Under-21 international Justin Fashanu was the first professional footballer in Britain to come out, in 1990, before he took his own life eight years later, aged 37. Swedish lower league player Anton Hysen – son of former Liverpool defender Glenn Hysen – also came out in an interview with a Swedish football magazine in 2011.0 last_img read more

Strong Windies squad named for one-off T20I against England

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – West Indies will fly a power-packed, 13-member squad to England for their one-off Twenty20 International with the home team next month.Cricket West Indies announced yesterday that Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard and Sunil Narine, three of the most recognisable names on the Twenty20 franchise circuit, will be part of Carlos Brathwaite’s squad for the contest on September 16 at the Riverside Stadium in Durham.The sport’s regional governing body said that key leg-spinner Samuel Badree will however miss the trip, due to a prior commitment.“We have a good mix of experience and youth that should adapt to English conditions quickly,” said selection panel chairman Courtney Browne.“Coming off the win against India in July in the Caribbean, our expectations are to see the team play a highly competitive game and bring that T20 Caribbean atmosphere to England.”All of the players, except off-spinner Ashley Nurse, who takes Badree’s place, played in the one-off T20I against India on July 4 at Sabina Park in Jamaica which West Indies won handsomely by nine wickets, following an explosive second T20I hundred from left-hander opener Evin Lewis.Gayle, Walton, Fletcher and Lewis are among eight batsmen who have compiled more than 250 runs in the ongoing Caribbean Premier League in which Williams is the tournament-leading bowler with 15 wickets and the only member of the squad to crack 10 wickets.Squad:Carlos Brathwaite (captain), Ronsford Beaton, Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Sunil Narine, Ashley Nurse, Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor, Chadwick Walton, Kesrick Williamslast_img read more