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LGB&T supporters stage North London derby in name of equality

Posted on 5 February 2015  - 11:15

Earlier this week, the LGBT supporters groups of both Spurs and Arsenal staged their own version of the North London derby as part of our support of Kick It Out and Football v Homophobia Month.

Steffen with the North London derby rivals!Steffen refereeing the match

The Proud Lilywhites took on the Gay Gooners, with special guest referee Steffen Freund, at Frederick Knights Sports Ground in Tottenham.

And it was a resounding 7-1 victory for Proud Lilywhites, a group formed one year ago which has since worked closely with the Club to engage our LGBT fan base.

Proud Lilywhites will be present on Spurs Square prior to the 12.45pm kick-off at Saturday’s match providing information, alongside representatives from Kick It Out.

Chris Paouros, co-chair of Proud Lilywhites, said: “I am extremely proud of the progress we have made over the past year as we strive to ensure that LGBT fans feel safe and accepted when they attend a football match.

“We are delighted with the support we have received from the Club and organisations like Kick It Out over the past year.

“The Club’s support of Kick It Out and Football v Homophobia month provides us with a perfect platform to continue to spread the message that discrimination against anyone’s sexuality or gender is unacceptable within the game.”

Below: Action from the match

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Of course, there was no sign of bias from the referee during the convincing Lilywhites victory - despite his clear Spurs allegiances!

Steffen said: “As a Club, we are delighted to show our support for Kick It Out at Saturday’s match with Arsenal, and show the watching world that discrimination of any kind is not tolerated at Tottenham Hotspur.

“It was important for me to come down and support both the Proud Lilywhites and Gay Gooners in the work they are doing to raise awareness of the issue of homophobia.

“The match was great fun and shows that the game of football is so powerful in bringing people together, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexuality or disability.”

To find out more about Proud Lilywhites, please visit: http://www.proudlilywhites.uk