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Pride and prejudice in the beautiful game - Saturday 7 June

Saturday 7 June 2:25pm

Location: Hackney Picture House, 270 Mare Street, London, E8 1HE

From the chants in the stands to the insults on the pitch, does men’s football have a problem with diversity? In 2014, why are some of the most influential footballers in the world being criticised for their bigotry rather than their sporting ability? And, almost a quarter of a century since Justin Fashanu publicly came out, why are there no openly gay players in the top tier of men’s football in the UK?

They say football is a great leveller but if you’re gay or from an ethnic minority or a woman it can be a different story. This panel explores racism, homophobia and sexism in football today.

Our panel includes:

  • Amal Fashanu, TV presenter, designer and campaigner
  • Anna Kessel, Guardian Sports Writer and co-founder of the Women in Football network
  • Anwar Uddin, the first British-Asian to play professional football in England
  • James Masters, sports writer for CNN and The Times
  • Leviathen Hendricks, the Gay Football Supporters' Network
  • Musa Okwonga, football writer, author and poet
  • Nick Bright, Radio 1Xtra DJ (chair).

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