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United support Stonewall's Rainbow Laces campaign

Wednesday 04 December 2019 11:11

As part of Manchester United’s ongoing commitment to equality under our #allredallequal initiative, tonight's game against Tottenham Hotspur sees the club support Stonewall FC’s Rainbow Laces campaign for another year.

Manchester United continues to work closely with Stonewall throughout its activities within the area of equality, diversity and inclusion, which supported the club’s achievement of the Premier League Equality Standard Advanced Level in June 2019.
United’s ongoing commitment to LGBT+ inclusion has further developed during 2019; a year which has seen the club work with fans to launch our first LGBT+ Supporters Group, Rainbow Devils.

Rainbow Devils going from strength to strength


We heard from United's first LGBT supporters group ahead of our Rainbow Laces fixture against Tottenham.

This has coincided with continued efforts internally, being led by the club’s Pride Network. This work was recognised by the LGBT+ inclusion organisation OUTstanding, who named Group Managing Director Richard Arnold as one of its Top 50 LGBT+ Executive Allies for the third year running.
Ahead of Wednesday’s kick-off against Tottenham, United’s players will line up in front of dedicated rainbow branding, which will also be seen on plinths and the substitutions board.
Dedicated LED pitch-side messages will be on show at Old Trafford during the game, while our club social channels will adopt a rainbow theme; an icon commonly shared within the LGBT+ community.
At Manchester United Women’s game against Everton Women, taking place at Leigh Sports Village on Sunday, players and supporters will also add their backing to the campaign.
Speaking about Manchester United’s ongoing commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, Group Managing Director Richard Arnold said: “Our work in this area is something that we are all immensely proud of and demonstrates Manchester United’s long-standing commitment to the club’s values around inclusion.
“We are fortunate to have staff and supporters from diverse backgrounds, and embrace the responsibility we all have to ensure that Old Trafford is a home for all Reds.”
Across the rest of the Premier League this week, clubs will showcase the wide-ranging work they do to support and celebrate their LGBT+ communities, showing there is no place for discrimination while simultaneously demonstrating the power football has to bring people together.
Robbie de Santos, Stonewall’s Director of Sport said: “We're so pleased Manchester United is supporting Rainbow Laces again. Kicking discrimination out of sport takes dedication and commitment, which is why our ongoing partnership with the club is so vital.
“But our work won’t be finished until every lesbian, gay, bi and trans person is able to be themselves in sport, and we look forward to working with Manchester United to make sport everyone’s game.”