Sports Interactive, have always prided themselves on being pro-Pride. It was only back in 2019 where we discovered that Football Manager 2018 had included gay players, and now Football Manager 2021 has gone the extra mile by joining the Football v Homophobia campaign.
This news comes from PCGamesN, who had the opportunity to speak to Sports Interactive’s studio director, Miles Jacobson about the Football v Homophobia campaign appearing as pitchside advertisements.
““We at Sports Interactive are delighted to support Football v Homophobia and to use the pitchside advertising in Football Manager 2021 to help raise awareness of the campaign’s incredibly important work,” said Jacobson. ““I’m passionate about making football more inclusive and believe that football should be a game that’s welcoming to everyone. I hope that Football v Homophobia will continue to make that a reality for more LGBT+ people, whether spectators or players, and at all levels of the game.”
The Football v Homophobia campaign exists because, as you may have guessed, homophobia is still rather prominent in sports – particularly ‘masculine’ sports like football and rugby. With a campaign like this in Football Manager 2021, it helps challenge discrimination against sexuality, gender, and expression at all levels of football. More importantly, it lets others know that it’s okay to be who you are.
Here are what the pitchside banners look like:
It isn’t the first charity that Football Manager has promoted, and we doubt it’ll be the last. Sports Interactive has joined forces with War Child, Kick It Out and so much more. We can’t wait to see what other team-ups will happen in the game’s and developer’s future.
It’s incredible that men’s football is making significant strides in inclusion and diversity, and we hope to see more amazing things for LGBT+ players and fans in the future.