Why Nottingham Forest will have rainbow-coloured corner flags at the City Ground when they face Cardiff City


The Reds will swap their traditional red flags for the visit of the Bluebirds later this month

For the first time, Nottingham Forest will replace their famous red corner flags with ones in the colour of a rainbow for the home game with Cardiff City on Sunday November 26.

It’s a first for the Football League who are doing so in support of Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign between November 25 and December 3.

The EFL will unite in a show of solidarity to support lesbian, gay, bi and transgender fans, players and staff throughout football.

At grounds up and down the Football League, the bespoke rainbow-coloured corner flags will be at the heart of a range of activities which will be undertaken by the EFL and its member clubs, something chief executive Shaun Harvey welcomed.

“We are proud to support Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign again for this season,” said Harvey. “Ensuring a safe and welcoming environment for supporters attending EFL matches remains a key priority but the EFL and our clubs are committed to providing a positive experience for all that stretches well beyond the 90 minutes of play.”

The Reds matchday programme, Forest Review, will also feature an advert, while the captains of both clubs will sport a special rainbow armband.

“This follows the introduction of the bespoke EFL rainbow logo which celebrated the League’s burgeoning relationship with Stonewall earlier this year.

“The campaign very much complements the ongoing work our clubs are undertaking as part of the EFL Equality Code of Practice. Whilst acknowledging there has been progress made in this area, there is still work to be done.

“We can never be complacent and that is why the EFL remains committed to supporting campaigns such as this as we continue to promote diversity and inclusivity across all areas of the game.”

Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign aims to make sport everyone’s game with national teams, leading clubs, professional players, fans and grassroots players from across football showing their support for LGBT+ people in sport.

Harvey’s comments were echoed by his counterpart at the charity, Ruth Hunt. “We’re delighted that the EFL has again joined our Rainbow Laces campaign,” she said.

“We believe in making sport everyone’s game and to do that we need allies to step up and show their support. By making such a visible show of Rainbow Laces – with armbands and corner flags, as well as of course rainbow laces – the EFL is raising awareness on and off the pitch.

“From fans, to teams, and employees at all levels, when leadership organisations step up and commit to creating a welcoming and inclusive culture in football, everyone wins,” she said.

The campaign will also take in the Reds’ trip to Portman Road on December 3 when they travel to face Ipswich Town in Suffolk.


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