British House of Commons to launch inquiry into homophobia in sport

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee of the British House of Commons will launch an inquiry into homophobia in sport, according to committee chair Jesse Norman MP.  The investigation comes four years after a separate inquiry into racism in football found that homophobia was a bigger problem than many other forms of discrimination.

Said Norman: “Sport is hugely important to many people, but it is clear that homophobia remains a serious issue across a range of British sports.  The committee intends to examine why this is so and what can be done to address it.”

This announcement comes days after La Liga, the Spanish football league, spoke out against homophobic chants from fans during last weekends Clasico match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.  The chants, which were aimed at Cristiano Ronaldo, also prompted the Observatorio Español contra la LGBTfobia (StopLGBTfobia) to lodge an official complaint with the Spanish government.

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