Charlton Athletic hold football tournament against homophobia
Last Updated: 30/05/18 11:51am
Charlton Athletic have held a football tournament to show unity against homophobia for the third year running.
At The Valley on Monday night, The University of Greenwich's team retained the Charlton v Homophobia title in a penalty shootout over the Fans for Diversity side, which featured former Dagenham and Barnet defender Anwar Uddin.
Uddin, who is now Diversity and Campaigns manager for the Football Supporters' Federation, believes football can bring everyone together.
He said: "I think it's great the club has opened their doors and allowed the local community and fans in, to enjoy a night of football.
"It's great that football can bring everyone together. Not many people get an opportunity to play on a pitch and their family can come down and watch.
Had a superb evening at the @CAFCofficial v Homophobia tournament, extremely proud of our #FansforDiversity team 🙏 to have 25 fans meet up for the first time & go unbeaten on the night without conceding a goal is impressive 👏👌⚽️🏳️🌈#Delighted pic.twitter.com/9zb7E5hbtP— Anwar Uddin (@AnwarU01) May 22, 2018
"The team has absolutely loved it. To play at a stadium like this with other football fans, it's all about participation. Everyone wants to win and we have done very well.
"Everyone has played a game and enjoyed it - that's the main thing."
Six teams in total played, including Charlton Invicta FC, the LGBT-inclusive team who officially joined the Charlton family last year and were crowned London Unity League champions for the 2017/18 season.
Fans for Diversity is a Football Supporters' Federation and Kick It Out campaign which looks to celebrate diversity among football fans and ensure all fans can feel safe and welcome at football.