b_350_513_16777215_00_images_P1020422.JPGThe fan initiative „Fußballfans gegen Homophobie“(FfgH) visited fans of Croatian first league club NK Zagreb as starting point for their international tour under the label „Football fans against homophobia“

„Fußballfans gegen Homophobie“ is a Germanwide network of football fans from more than 40 different clubs and was found as an initiative of the fans department of football club Tennis Borussia Berlin, in cooperation with the project SOCCER SOUND" of the lesbian and gay association Berlin-Brandenburg. The initiative „Fußballfans gegen Homophobie“ started in Berlin in June 2011 and was touring through grounds all over Germany (including several first- and second- league clubs) with a big purple banner with the inscription „Fußballfans gegen Homophobie“ („Footballfans against homophobia“), to take a stand against homophobia.

Now the initiators took another step in the campaign and started an international tour with the fan group Bijeli Andeli (White Angels) of Croatian first league team NK Zagreb. The prelude of the tour was on Friday, April the 19th, at NK Zagrebs home game against NK Zadar, when the 6 by 1 meter long banner with the inscription „Footballfans against homophobia“ and a picture of two kissing players was shown during the game. Martin Endemann, spokesman of the campaign said: „We are overwhelmed by being asked by White Angels to come along. If was perfectly clear for us that we had to support them.” Initially the tour was supposed to start in England, but as especially in Croatia Homophobia is still rife, not only in football but also in society, it was decided to go there first. With the help of Football Supporters Europe (FSE) through their Pro Supporters Project, White Angels also organised on the eve of the game a talk where the initiative was introduced by members of the campaign, who travelled to Zagreb. The initiators are hoping that the international tour will be such an big success as the German one has been in the past. „Zagreb was a good start in this respect“, says Martin Endemann. Next station for the banner will be the Greek amateur team of Proodeutiki Toumpas from Saloniki/Greece.

More infos about this actions as well as pictures you will find at the Facebook Page „Footballfans against homophobia and on their website Football Fans Against Homophobia

If your group is interested in bringing the banner to your club, just write an email to footballfansagainsthomophobia@yahoo.com

 

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