Kick It Out statement on leaflets distributed at Women’s FA Cup Final
Following reports from The FA Women’s Cup final of leaflets being distributed containing transphobic material, Kick It Out has today (8 May) issued the following comment.
Roisin Wood, CEO of Kick It Out said: “Kick It Out strongly supports the inclusion of the trans community within football and joins The Football Association in condemning this activity outside of Wembley Stadium, which goes against the organisation’s core messages of equality, inclusion and cohesion in football.
“These leaflets are a clear indication that football can be used a vehicle for hate and a reminder that we must reject discrimination across the entire game.
“The organisation has received a number of reports in response to this isolated incident around Wembley Stadium, which have been reported to the police, and would urge anyone who suffers or witnesses LGBT+ hate at a football match to report this via Kick It Out, The FA or the Police.”
Sophie Cook, Transgender Ambassador for Kick It Out, added: “I was at the Women’s FA Cup Final this weekend, a match that attracted a record crowd of over 45,000 many of whom were young people and children.
“That a group would decide to target such an occasion to distribute hateful material is abhorrent and could have caused so much fear and pain in any transgender or gender-questioning person attending.
“When I came out as transgender in football it was the fear of potential hatred that made the experience terrifying. That the sport welcomed me so warmly is testament to the power of football as an agent of positive change.
“It’s important that we stand together against hatred in all of its forms and that we send a clear message that bigotry has no place in football or in our society.”