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RAINBOW LACES REACTION: Find out how Manchester City, Jeff Stelling and Gunnersaurus made it a fab Friday

Footballers and fans are putting their laces through homophobia. This is the latest reaction ahead of a huge weekend...

by Paul Mallon | September 12, 2014

All eyes will be on the boots this weekend as players, managers and fans from across the UK and Ireland lace-up in support of #RainbowLaces – the campaign to kick homophobia out of the game.

Spearheaded by Paddy Power and Stonewall UK with the Gay Football Supporters’ Network and supported by FA Cup winners Arsenal, champions Manchester City, the Premier League, the FA and Football League, Rainbow Laces has delivered a massive splash of colour to the football community.

Here’s the best of the social media reaction in the last 24 hours…

The Eagles have landed (thanks to Mark Bright)…

Paddy Power urges you all to vote with your feet…

Just bootiful from the Premier League champions…

This guy peeled away from the Friday horse racing to contribute…

Typically classy from one of the German Gunners…

Over in the midlands, Birmingham City are flying the flag…

… and great to see Villa on board too

Meanwhile, in Sunderland, skipper John O’Shea spoke out about against homophobia.

He said: “Football, because of its global profile, has a unique opportunity to help to shape opinions and break down barriers. We want everyone to enjoy watching Sunderland regardless of race, sexual orientation or gender and as a club and a group of players we are delighted to show our support to any initiatives to promote inclusion.”

This showed a rail touch of class…

Sky Sports hero gets the message…

…and gets it right the second time

There’s Nott-ing wrong with this…

Joey and pals playing a blinder…

The big man hits the target…

And here’s a Jurassic laugh…

While fans everywhere have laced up…

So all eyes are now on the weekend…

Rainbow Laces 2014

  • Tweet your support for #RainbowLaces. Tweet players, clubs or your pals to encourage them to show we’ve got the balls to change the game.
  • How to get Rainbow Laces: You can get Rainbow Laces at any Paddy Power Shop (shop locator here) or via Stonewall here

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