100-strong flashmob to protest FIFA outside German stadium, tonight
International pressure group AllOut has called on FIFA - football's governing body – to publicly condemn homophobia in sport, starting with a full investigation of the Nigerian Women's Football Coach, Eucharia Uche.
Wed, 13 Jul 2011 11:47:22 GMT | Updated 1 years today
As reported on DIVA last week, Uche expelled a number of
lesbians from the national team because she considers homosexuality
"dirty" and "a problem".
Since then, 45,000 people have signed a petition to have FIFA
investigate her comments and respond appropriately.
Now, a flash mob of 100 activists - all dressed up as referees
with Red Cards reading 'Homophobia No' - will gather outside of
Germany's Frankfurt Stadium at 7pm tonight.
Expressing his support for the AllOut.org campaign, human rights
campaigner Peter Tatchell said: "The reported purge last year of
lesbian players from the Nigerian women's football team by Nigerian
soccer federation official James Peters is outrageous
discrimination. The team's current coach has also boasted that she
is attempting to remove lesbian influences from the team.
"These actions go against the spirit that sport should be open to
everyone and that players should be judged solely on their football
"FIFA's silence and inaction is collusion with homophobic
prejudice and discrimination. It has failed to act against
the anti-lesbian policies of the Nigerian football
He added: "Sepp Blatter and FIFA must insist that Nigerian
football officials halt their witch-hunt of lesbian players.
Allowing this discrimination is unacceptable. The beautiful game is
not beautiful when it tolerates prejudice."