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Prem stars to wear rainbow laces again this month to show league’s commitment to diversity

PREM players will again wear rainbow laces for the next two weekends - to press home the League’s commitment to diversity.

The League has “reinforced” its partnership with LGBT+ charity Stonewall by agreeing a further two-year link-up.

And as part of the agreement, top flight players will once again lace their boots with rainbow colours.

Substitute boards, ball plinths and handshake boards will also feature the Rainbow logo, with pin badges also available for players and staff.

Prem chief executive Richard Masters said: “There is no place for discrimination of any kind in football and we are pleased to extend our relationship with Stonewall.

“A great deal of work has taken place to make football as welcoming as possible, promoting diversity on and off the pitch, and within our clubs’ communities.

“However, we know there is more to do and we look forward to making further progress.

"Fans will be able to see our support for the Rainbow Laces campaign over match rounds 11 and 12, which clearly demonstrates the ongoing commitment of the League and our clubs to LGBT+ inclusion in football."

Stonewall chief executive Nancy Kelley added: "We're immensely proud to announce the next phase of our strategic partnership with the Premier League during this year's Rainbow Laces campaign.

"When we re-launched this campaign four years ago, we knew we needed allies to raise awareness of the challenges facing LGBT+ people in sport.

"The Premier League's early support for the campaign, and joining TeamPride, was a huge catalyst for driving change across football and sport more widely.

"While we've made great progress, and seen phenomenal enthusiasm from the Premier League, we both know more needs to be done to ensure no-one is left behind.

"We look forward to continue building on our partnership and working ever more closely with the Premier League to create a game where all LGBT+ people are welcome and able to fulfil their potential in football."

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