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ALBION SUPPORT KICK IT OUT

14 October 2016

Saturday's game will be dedicated to the organisation.


Brighton & Hove Albion's game against Preston North End will see the club host their dedicated fixture to the work of Kick It Out, football’s equality and inclusion organisation.

Since 1993, Kick It Out has worked throughout the football, educational and community sectors to challenge discrimination, encourage inclusive practices and campaign for positive change.

Throughout the 2016/17 season, Kick It Out is running an initiative – Call Full Time On Hate – which aims to utilise and engage the collective force of football to tackle discrimination and hate incidents at every level of the game.

The initiative also seeks to highlight the positive messages of inclusion echoed by the football authorities, clubs, players, managers and supporters’ groups.

Albion are fully behind #CallFullTimeOnHate and speaking on behalf of the Albion first-team squad, David Stockdale said, “We’re pledging our full support to the Kick It Out campaign and its aim of removing all forms of discrimination from the game.
 
“Since my earlier days at Fulham, where I was proud to wear rainbow laces in support of the Stonewall campaign, I’ve always been an advocate of ridding not just football, but society in general, of all forms of discrimination.
 
“People should be free to live their lives without fear of prejudice and I’m privileged to be in a position where my voice can be heard.
 
“Please support Kick It Out’s stance against hate and download their free app to eradicate all forms of discrimination from the game.”

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Over the last year, Lord Herman Ouseley, Chair of Kick It Out, has reiterated his concerns with all of the football authorities on behalf of the organisation around rising levels of hate in society, and believes support from professional clubs is an important step in tackling the issue.

“Our anti-hate initiative aims to build on existing positive education and awareness-raising projects supported by clubs and their foundations in their local communities.

“Football is at the forefront of helping its fans, players and young people in their local communities to understand the damaging effects of prejudice and discriminatory abuse.

“Call Full Time On Hate aims to ensure the game remains as inclusive and welcoming as possible and that it reiterates a zero-tolerance approach to discrimination.”

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