Footballers and managers took part in the rainbow laces campaign on Saturday in support of stamping out homophobia in the game.The campaign was launched by LGBT equality charity Stonewall in partnership with bookies Paddy Power.It has been well received on Twitter despite the refusal of the Premier League and the FA to officially get involved, citing lack of consultation and sensitive commercial issues due to the bookies involvement. Some of the countries biggest clubs, including Manchester United, did not take part.Meanwhile, another organisation, Football v Homophobia, declined to support the campaign because it felt the language of the campaign – called ‘Right Behind Gay Footballers’ – reinforced stereotypes often passed off as ‘banter’.However, Stonewall told the BBC it chose to involve Paddy Power because it spoke “the language of fans and players” and said the message of the campaign was clear.Queens Park Rangers midfielder and outspoken tweeter Joey Barton got behind the campaign along with a host of others.
Listened to @gareththomas14 on TalkSport. Presenters debating whether laces can cause 'technical issues' with players boots?— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) September 20, 2013
Well, I have worn them in two matches now and trust me there are no technical issues. If you don't want to support at least have the...— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) September 20, 2013
..balls to say so. Hate it when people use little things as a cop out. Thankfully, it looks like most are secure enough within to support.— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) September 20, 2013
232,851,618 #RBGF have appeared to Twitter users since last Sunday. People talking. Attitudes changing.— Paddy Power (@paddypower) September 21, 2013
— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) September 21, 2013
Robert Snodgrass & Ricky van Wolfswinkel show support by wearing Rainbow Laces. Shame on Guzan for saving the pen! pic.twitter.com/V7ju4B0Gtx— Paddy Power (@paddypower) September 21, 2013
Fulham's keeper, David Stockdale, wore rainbow-coloured shoe laces v. Chelsea in a campaing against homophobia pic.twitter.com/3fqnwmu7A0— The Rising Blues (@StamfordTweet) September 22, 2013