League supports Jake Daniels and believes football is for everyone

16 May 2022
Premier League Rainbow Laces 2021

Premier League and Team Pride issue statement of support for Blackpool's Jake Daniels

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The Premier League, as part of Team Pride, has voiced our support for Jake Daniels.

A statement from Team Pride on Monday said: "Today Jake Daniels of Blackpool FC has made the brave decision to come out as the first openly gay footballer to play in the English Football League in nearly 30 years.

"English football is ready for this moment. And we believe it has been ready for some time. Societal attitudes and understanding towards LGBTQ+ people have improved immeasurably in recent years, and we can now all take pride in living in a country where the majority of people share our vision of a world where everyone is free to be ourselves.

"Today’s news is an opportunity for everyone involved in football – from the players to the fans in the stands – to support Jake and show that football is everybody’s game.

"As members of Team Pride, we are proud to support Jake as he embarks on what we are sure will be an exciting career - and we are delighted that he will be able to do so as his true self."

The Premier League is a long-standing member of Team Pride, a consortium of world-leading brands that come together to amplify the Rainbow Laces campaign initiated by Stonewall.

Its other members include adidas, Aon, Aviva, Barclays, eBay, Manchester United, O2, Sky Sports and Visa, who are all committed to working together to make sport everyone’s game.

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