Footballers ready to take stand on causes

When professional athletes find their voices, Melbourne Victory’s George Timotheou and Kayla Morrison expect footballers to become more determined to defend the causes they believe in.

The past fortnight has been a tipping point for athletes who have taken a stand regardless of the potential financial or other repercussions.

Diamonds’ solidarity with indigenous teammate Donnell Wallam wearing a Hancock Prospecting logo came to a head when the mining company pulled out the pivot of its Netball Australia sponsorship.

Meanwhile, Pat Cummins has confirmed that he will not appear in any commercials for Cricket Australia sponsor Alinta Energy this season due to his stance on climate change.

So on Thursday, the Socceroos in view of the World Cup asked Qatar to decriminalize homosexual relations and respect workers’ rights.

The win will host Adelaide United in the Pride Cup, a double men’s / women’s A-League challenge at AAMI Park on Sunday 26 February.

ALM defender Timotheou is a friend and former teammate of Adelaide’s Josh Cavallo, the only openly gay player active in the competition.

A year after the announcement of Cavallo’s departure, Timotheou said the 22-year-old has also given players the confidence to defend the causes they believe in.

“We have this platform in the public eye to speak out and if there are these social issues or larger issues that we can project with our voices, people will listen,” the Pride ambassador told reporters. Cup, Timotheou.

Because children admire footballers, sports figures and if we can make a positive change we will do it, whatever the repercussions.

“It just depends on your values ​​and who you are as a person. I don’t think we should be shy about standing up for what we believe in.

“Even though there may be repercussions or the withdrawal of sponsors or whatever, I don’t think that’s something we should let go of. I think it’s something we should embrace ”.

Cavallo received homophobic abuse in a Victory home game, and Timotheou hoped that the Pride Cup and accompanying educational comedies would help prevent similar nasty scenes.

Women’s football has long been a haven for the LGBTI + community.

Victory skipper ALW Morrison said players were also increasingly willing to become figureheads for the causes they believed in.

“There are a lot of girls who stand up for a lot of things,” she said.

“The victory is incredible. Their doors are always open if you want to come and chat.

“The PFA (the players union) is also fantastic. If there is something you want to defend, they are happy to listen to you, they are happy to involve you in whatever you want.

“You see it a lot more these days, girls are fighting for a lot of things that are close to them and, in turn, other girls are jumping on board too.”

The Victorian government will provide $ 200,000 in educational support and activations for the Pride Cup.

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