A new strategy to tackle homophobia across Scottish football has been launched.

The action plan aims to remove barriers and help LGBTI people excel in the sport.

It was launched at Hampden Park on Wednesday by the SFA, Football v Homophobia Scotland and Leap Sports.

SFA chief executive Ian Maxwell said: "The Scottish FA is committed to making Scottish football reflective and representative of the Scottish population.

"Anyone seeking to engage with football in Scotland should be able to do so in a welcoming environment, regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity.

"This ground-breaking strategy will help to make Scottish football more inclusive for LGBTI participants and create an environment within our sport that we can proudly state is open to all.

"This strategy is the latest step in our drive to ensuring equality is embedded in Scottish football at all levels, and we are delighted to partner with Leap Sports and Football v Homophobia Scotland to create this strategy - the first of its kind in Scotland."

The action plan aims to ensure Scottish football is equal and fair to everyone, and adopts a three-strand approach to creating sustainable change in the game.

This involves work in policy and procedure, education, and communication.

It aims to work in all areas and levels of the game.

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Partners will work with Scottish football clubs to help them update policies and procedures and promote awareness campaigns.

An e-learning resource will also be created for clubs aiming to create an inclusive football environment for LGBTI people.

The strategy is part of a wider equality drive from the footballing body to create a more inclusive environment within the sport.

It follows the recent publication of the Scottish Football Supporters Survey, which showed less than half of fans feel the game is an inclusive place for people of any sexual orientation.

Hugh Torrance, executive director of Football v Homophobia Scotland and Leap Sports, said: "With the launch of this strategy comes a very clear and intentional message that there is no place for LGBTI-phobia in Scottish football.

"The strategy provides a clear framework for stakeholders to plan change and take action.

"It's time to step up efforts and we look forward to supporting the Scottish FA on their journey."