QPR boss backs drive to tackle homophobia

QPR manager Mark Hughes says he is strongly in favour of the Premier League’s attempts to stamp out homophobia in football.

All 20 top-flight clubs have signed the Sports Charter, designed to tackle homophobia – which is seen as a significant issue in the game.

QPR deny claims they have been slow to promote anti-homophobia.

Hughes said: “I think everybody’s in favour of it [the charter]. I don’t think anybody wants to see discrimination of any kind. We don’t want it to be prevalent in our game.

“Everybody accepts that people are different from one person to another. Discrimination should be stamped out because it’s not acceptable.”

QPR will include an anti-homophobia advertisement in the match programme for Saturday’s game against Fulham, and are unhappy about a recent newspaper report which suggested they have been slow to support the charter.

Rangers midfielder Joey Barton recently took part in a BBC documentary about the issue and the club insist they are committed to tackling all forms of discrimination.

A QPR spokesman said: “We fully support the charter. As a club we are 100% behind it and the QPR In The Community Trust does a lot of work to promote equality, which includes tackling homophobia.”

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