July 11, 2011
Flashmob to disrupt World Cup semi-final in homophobia protest
Gay rights activists are planning a flashmob at the Women’s World Cup semi-final this Wednesday, to urge FIFA to publicly condemn homophobia in football.
The international gay rights pressure group AllOut.org is calling on FIFA to conduct a full investigation of Nigerian coach Eucharia Uche (pictured), following her claims that homosexuality was “dirty” and “spiritually and morally very wrong”, and that she had forcibly removed all lesbian players from the Nigerian squad.
“Anyone who has played or watched football knows that there are consequences for breaking the rules of the game,’ said Andre Banks, co-founder of AllOut.org.
“It is time for FIFA to finally cry foul and give Coach Uche the red card, sending a strong message that discrimination against lesbian and gay players will not be tolerated on or off the field.”
45,000 people have backed AllOut.org’s online campaign to urge FIFA to investigate Uche and end homophobia in football.
FIFA has so far responded with a bland statement broadly denouncing “discrimination” without mentioning homophobia explicitly or the specific allegations against Nigeria’s coach.
The AllOut.org flashmob is planned for Wednesday 13 July 2011 at 7pm, at the S-Bahn Station in front of Commerzbank Arena in Frankfurt. See the Facebook page for more information.
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