Players to wear t-shirts in pre-match warm up at Fratton Park
Exeter City will be joining forces with Portsmouth to back the Kick It Out Campaign.
Since 1993, Kick It Out has worked throughout the football, educational and community sectors to challenge discrimination, encourage inclusive practices and campaign for positive change.
Throughout the 2016/17 season, Kick It Out are running an initiative – Call Full Time On Hate – which aims to utilise and engage the collective force of football to tackle discrimination and hate incidents at every level of the game.
The initiative also seeks to highlight the positive messages of inclusion echoed by the football authorities, clubs, players, managers and supporters’ groups.
City are fully behind #CallFullTimeOnHate and will be supporting the initiative on social media, as well as through Kick It Out resources such as the t-shirts for the players during the warm up.
Before the match, the clubs’ respective Kick It Out player ambassadors, Noel Hunt (Portsmouth) and Ollie Watkins (City), will join Mark Jamieson, media and communications manager at Kick It Out and the two clubs’ respective chairs of supporters’ trusts – Ashley Brown (Portsmouth) and Martin Weiler (City) – for a photograph to underline their commitment.
The latest version of the Kick It Out app allows users to confidentially report incidents of discrimination seen or heard at a football match. It can be downloaded for free from the App Store or Google Play.