Rainbow-Colored Corner Flags To Be Installed At English Football League Grounds
Rainbow-colored corner flags will be installed at every lower-league ground as part of LGBT charity Stonewall's Rainbow Laces campaign, the English Football League announced, according to Ben Rumsby of the London TELEGRAPH. The ball-plinth and handshake board used before kickoff of Premier League games will reportedly also feature rainbow colors during the weekend of Nov. 25-26. But the Premier League, which last week announced a a three-year partnership with Stonewall, "will not follow the EFL’s lead in using rainbow corner flags, having already ruled out rainbow flags for assistant referees and rainbow goal nets." Rainbow-colored captains armbands will be used across the entire professional game, following their introduction in the top flight last season, "while rainbow laces will once again be offered to all players" (TELEGRAPH, 11/13).
JOINING THE PROGRAM: SKY SPORTS reported British Triathlon was accepted into the Diversity Champions program established by Stonewall. By joining the Stonewall program, the organization "hopes to create an inclusive and accepting working environment" for athletes, staff and those interested in taking up the sport (SKY SPORTS, 11/13). Premier League side Burnley will host Diversity Day at Saturday's match against Swansea City. The celebration will be supported by anti-discrimination organization Kick It Out. Players will warm up in "One Club for All" T-shirts (Burnley).