A coalition created in the United States and Mexico to eliminate homophobia

At the initiative of the citizen movement “Common Goal”, the Play Proud program was launched this Friday. It brings together several franchises from MLS (Chicago Fire and Philadelphia Union), NWSL (Angel City FC and San Siego Wave FC), as well as the Monterrey Tigers, in Liga MX, with the aim of combating homophobia in football. . In this sense, a first training camp will be organized for five days in Los Angeles, from April 11. A second will follow in December in Mexico, with the goal of making stadiums and fan stands a safer place for the LGBTQ+ community.

“We focus on what the football industry has the potential to become, and we create tangible ways to facilitate that positive transformation,” Play Proud founder Lilli Barrett-O’Keefe said in a statement. “We have seen the evolution of LGBTQ+ visibility on the global and national stage, and we are excited to implement this groundbreaking program in our community,” For her part, says Wave FC president Jill Ellis, who led the American women’s team to two world titles, in 2015 and 2019.

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