London will host 2008 Gay Football World Cup
Dylan Vox | June 20, 2007
LONDON — London, England will have to dust off its balls and prepare for the largest gay sporting event ever to be held in the UK as it was just announced that they will play home to the 2008 Footballing Gay World Cup. The Leftfooters Football Club, based in Regent's Park, will be hosting the event and hopes to instill pride and help denounce homophobia in sports.
The Leftfooters have been working with the Football Association for the past two years trying to bring the event to London. A spokesperson for the team told the West Essex Guardian, "We are still working out the contract details but, yes, we have been offered the use of the West Stand of the Matchroom Stadium at Leyton Orient," which confirmed their successful bid through the town counsel.
The announcement comes just weeks after the rainbow flag was hoisted at the town hall to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, which shows the city's dedication to wiping out discrimination. Event council leader Clyde Loakes commented, "As a borough we are determined to deal with all hate crime and make the borough a safe place for everyone."
This is just the latest effort of the FA to tackle homophobia in football and its 'Football for All' campaign. The FA will be helping recruit match officials and volunteers for the event and will provide technical support for the tournament.
The event will have 50 teams both men and women from around the world, and hopes to attract a few thousand spectators. Leaving only one question, who knew there was an International Day Against Homophobia? Thanks England. – Issued by Gay Link Content
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