Top clubs have been encouraged to follow the example of Altrincham after they wore a rainbow coloured kit in a competitive fixture in support of football’s fight against homophobia, The Messenger report.

In a move the club say is the first of its kind, the National League North side’s usual red and white stripes were replaced with the colours of the LGBT pride flag for their fixture at home to Bradford (Park Avenue) on Saturday.

The kit features the logo of Football v Homophobia and has attracted global attention.

“It’s fantastic for us and has had amazing support,” campaign director Lou Englefield said.

“You could not believe the debate and talk it’s caused across the world.

“Obviously it’s also been met with some homophobic and derogatory comments on social media over the past week too, but that happens when people stick their heads over the parapet and Altrincham have done that today.”

Ms Englefield said other non-league clubs have contacted the campaign about making similar statements of support, but she would also like to see clubs from the top end of English football taking part.

“It would be amazing to see one of the big clubs to follow Altrincham’s lead,”

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