Charlton Athletic hold football tournament against homophobia

Charlton Athletic host football tournament against homophobia at The Valley.

Charlton Athletic have held a football tournament to show unity against homophobia for the third time running at The Valley.

The University of Greenwich’s team retained the title in a penalty shootout over the Fans for Diversity side which featured former Dagenham and Barnet defender Anwar Uddin.

Uddin, who is now diversity and campaigns manager for the Footballer Supporters Federation, believes football can bring everyone together.

He said: “I think it’s great the club has opened their doors and allowed the local community and fans in, to enjoy a night of football.

“It’s great football can bring everyone together, not many people get an opportunity to play on a pitch and their family can come down and watch, it’s great.

“But everyone has played a game and enjoyed it, that’s the main thing.”

The event was ran by Charlton’s LGBT+ fans group Proud Valiants and Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) to help raise awareness of LGBT inclusion in football.

Six teams in total played, including Charlton Invicta FC, the LGBT-inclusive team who officially joined the Charlton family last year and were crowned London Unity League champions for the 2017/18 season.

Fans for Diversity is a Football Supporters’ Federation campaign which looks to celebrate diversity among football fans and ensure all fans can feel safe and welcome at football.