Following a series of high-profile cases of anti-gay and homophobic abuse shouted by British football fans, the Football Association is taking the unprecedented step of taping the sport's top stars to speak out against homophobia.
"A video showing football stars speaking out against homophobia will be released next year as part of an unprecedented drive by the sport's governing bodies to tackle a sharp rise in abuse and discrimination. The video will be shown in cinemas, on TV and in stadiums in an attempt to rid terraces and pitches of homophobic chants and slurs, the Guardian reveals.
Ferdinand is one of the loudest voices on and off the field for speaking out on anti-gay abuse and homophobia. Another black football player, Sol Campbell, has recently been the focus of one of the more disgusting cases of racist and homophobic abuse. Campbell has also used the opportunity to speak out against homophobia and has been applauded by gay sports fans.
FA to Tackle Homophobia with Video [Guardian]