Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Change is a lot more meaningful than a pair of boots

It's official - football is becoming more gay-friendly.

According to research from the University of Bath the reason we know this is down to the assortment of coloured boots in the game.

As researcher Adi Adams explains: “There was a time when only black boots were acceptable and wearing coloured boots was identified as unmasculine, feminine and potentially indicative of homosexuality.

"Now there is a wider range and a greater appreciation of clothing styles among the players which is a good indicator about changing attitudes."

While this study may generate a nice headline on a news article, it also does have a serious point about it.

It shows that homophobia in football is being talked about.

However, the seriousness of the research must be questioned. Most fans, whether of fashion or football, would agree that the sport has come a long way from mega short shorts and the 1980s perms.

Off the pitch styles have changed, stadia have been improved, tolerance levels have generally improved.

But still homophobia is a part of the game that we all know and love.

Talk does not make change. This is where we must make a difference, lobbying authorities, talking to fans and providing support to any individuals that ask for it.

After all, change is a lot more than a different colour of boots.

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