Although football is the most popular sport in the United Kingdom, it definitely lacks diversity, especially at the highest levels of operations. Moreover, football fan culture still remains to be cleared from homophobic slogans and abuse. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, and it seems the UK government has already taken that tiny step.
A promising initiative
A recent report from the authorities has revealed comprehensive plans to change the Football Offences Act 1991 for the better. The government wants to resolve the issue of homophobic abuse during football matches radically, making anti-gay chants forbidden.
The report, issued by the Department for Digital, Media, Culture, and Sport, is devoted to the influence of COVID-19 on sport. However, it also drew attention to anti-LGTB rhetoric in football. The members of the committee admit their “dismay at the slow progress” in tackling homophobic language. Therefore, their solution is to create legislation outlawing homophobic chanting at matches.
Homophobic chants are still a big problem in British football, and only common efforts can help fight discrimination. The coronavirus pandemic allows society to reconsider the situation from a unique perspective. COVID-19 can be a long-awaited “chance to reset” football and that involves finally stopping homophobia.