Hundreds of players, supporters and officials were at The Valley at the end of May for the fourth annual Charlton v Homophobia tournament.
The tournament forms part of a wide range of annual activities taking place across the Charlton family to tackle homophobia in football.
This year for the first time, as well as battling it out for the Charlton v Homophobia trophy, the six teams involved were also playing for the inaugural Justin Fashanu Fair Play Award.
Charlton’s LGBTQI+ supporters group, the Proud Valiants, who were joined by representatives from Fans for Diversity and managed by Charlton legend Paul Mortimer, won the tournament, while Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) Invicta were awarded the fair play award. Other teams playing were club partner the University of Greenwich, an RAF team, a team of journalists and Charlton Athletic Deaf team.
This year’s tournament was attended by a number of special guests including Charlton Athletic Women’s goalkeeper Katie Startup and leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich Cllr Danny Thorpe and Our Founder Amal Fashanu.
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Proud Canaries FC - the team formed by Proud Canaries, Aviva and Norwich City - competed against a number of other LGBT-inclusive teams in a round-robin tournament, as part of Aviva’s campaign to celebrate the inclusive and diverse nature of football from the amateur level to the elite.
The hosts faced travelling sides from Stonewall FC, Charlton Invicta, London Titans, London Phoenix, Birmingham Blaze, Brighton BLAGGS and Trowbridge Tigers. Birmingham Blaze ran out eventual winners in a closely-fought final against Stonewall FC.
As well as the ten teams, Amal Fashanu, the niece of Norwich City’s former striker Justin, was among those watching the action.