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Footballers show true colours as they lace up to support anti-homophobia campaign

by Paddy Power Admin | September 21, 2013

World at their feet

By Paul Mallon

Footballers have laced up today to show their support for the anti-homophobia campaign Paddy Power is running with Stonewall. Thank you all.

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We’re Right Behind Gay Footballers (yes, yes, we know) and urged players to wear Rainbow Laces this weekend to show their support. Not wearing the laces doesn’t make you homophobic, of course – the decision was down to the players, in most cases.

Here’s a recap on the whole glorious shebang and the best tweets and pictures from Saturday and Sunday from a beautiful compilation of people Paddy Power can’t slag off for a couple of days, at least.

LA Galaxy striker Robbie Rogers kicks off the day in style…

Got my laces. @stonewalluk #RGBT @lagalaxy need more for my team!

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We remind Premier League clubs that it’s not all that difficult…

These Fulham fans looked great on Soccer AM on Saturday…

As did show host, Max Rushden…

Former Newcastle and Spurs aristocrat David Ginola rocked laces in his jacket pocket on BT Sport

Somebody called Bobby Cole Norris from a thing called Towie (no relation to Chuck Norris) showed off his kicks…

Millwall’s Martyn Waghorn wore them in the 1-0 over Charlton, for whom Marvin Sordell and the backroom staff and manager were in full support.

Charlton Athletic v Millwall - Sky Bet Football League Championship

… as did Norwich City’s Robert Snodgrass (shame about the peno, below), Ricky Van Wolfswinkel, Wes Hoolahan and Leroy Fer, among others.

Robert Snodgrass

Port Vale Louis Dodds shows the snapper how to get boots and a head in the same picture. Nice.

Hat tip to the Gay Football Network for keeping Twitter focussed on the ethos of the campaign…

Everton and England ladies star Toni Duggan (England ladies) posted her lovely boots before a huge win…

Boots are ready for today's game… Happy to be supporting the #RBGF campaign.. #RainbowLaces #England 🌈⚽

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Reading skipper Sean Morrison pledged his support with this picture…

Fans in the north-east were chuffed when Newcastle’s Mike Williamson and Paul Dummett openly showed their support…

Everton reaffirmed their commitment to the cause before kick-off against West Ham…

AFC Wimbledon were on board with this dressing-room pic…before a thumping 3-1 win.

… as were Gillingham FC’s official cheerleaders, the Gems!

QPR Joey Barton and Shaun Wright-Phillips wearing Rainbow laces  Steven Paston  keep

Above, QPR midfielder (and campaign ambassador) Joey Barton again donned the laces as he warmed up with team-mate Shaun Wright-Phillips this afternoon. Their pal, Danny Simpson, tweeted this pic to his 250k followers too…

Meanwhile, Alan Pardew has gone waaaaay up in our estimation for trying Rainbow Laces with his slacks. The Newcastle boss was celebrating after striker Loic Remy hit the back of the net.


One of the biggest heroes of the day was Everton’s Leighton Baines. The classy left-back fired in two beautiful free-kicks as Everton came from behind to beat West Ham United 3-2 at Upton Park. Now, nobody is mad enough to suggest it was the laces what won it. It was nice, though, that Mr Baines was Rainbow Laced up.

Read: How Gary Lineker got involved on Match of the Day

On Sunday, that gorgeous Frenchman Olivier Giroud picked up the baton and wore Rainbow Laces as Arsenal took on Stoke at the Emirates.

Arsenal v Stoke City - Barclays Premier League

Looking princely, Olivier.

Meanwhile, over in Dublin, Shamrock Rovers’ Gary McCabe was putting his best foot forward…

Next stop, Manchester

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