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Manchester United and Manchester City players will join the sporting world in wearing colourful laces during this weekend's fixtures.
But these vibrant footwear accessories are much more than a fashion statement.
Stonewall's Rainbow Laces campaign will be highlighted by the Premier League this weekend as players from both Manchester sides join the rest of the division in showing their support for LGBT inclusivity.
The initiative is aimed at tackling barriers surrounding homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in modern sport as well as bringing the issues to a wider audience.
This year's campaign runs from November 24 to December 3 and players will wear the iconic colourful laces while team captains will also wear a rainbow armband.
An overhaul to the general match day experience will also take place with rainbow pitch flags and scoreboards being branded.
Insight agency ICM Unlimited has found that a staggering 72 percent of fans have heard homophobic abuse at a match while 63 percent agree that more should be done to make LGBT people feel accepted in sport.





Fernandinho wearing a rainbow armband for City last season.
The support for the campaign continues to grow year on year and over 180,000 supporters have bought Rainbow Laces so far.
Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore said: "Premier League football is for everyone, everywhere and our clubs are committed to equality and diversity at all levels of the sport.
"We view the LGBT community as an integral part of our community and, working with Stonewall, we want this partnership to improve the experience of LGBT people already playing football, and supporting clubs, and to signal to others who might be interested in getting involved, that they are welcome to do so."
Rainbow Laces are available on line via the the Stonewall online shop or ebay and cost £2.99.


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