Man Utd called out for not changing Twitter profile in support of LGBT campaign

MANCHESTER UNITED have been called out for not changing their Twitter profile in support of Stonewall UK's Rainbow Laces campaign against homophobia in football.

Everton and Cardiff are the only other Premier League clubs yet to change their AVIs to incorporate rainbow colours.

Man Utd called out for not changing Twitter profile in support of LGBT campaignTwitter3 Manchester United are yet to change their Twitter AVI to incorporate rainbow colours

United, who kick off at 5.30pm today against Southampton, were hit by a backlash for failing to do so.

Supporters called for the club's official Twitter account to get in line with the likes of their rivals Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal.

Clubs have the chance to show their support for LGBT players during the next two rounds of league fixtures.

The campaign – which is also being carried out in rugby – aims to raise awareness and support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender players and fans.

It’s great to see the @premierleague clubs (including my beloved @Arsenal ) stepping up in support of @stonewalluk #rainbowlaces campaign & support for the LGBT community in sport
But @ManUtd – where is your support?? 🤔 🌈 #callingyouout #allyduties pic.twitter.com/QdWpLrwbmK

— Adele Carlsen (@adelecarlsen) November 30, 2018

Odd how a gigantic club like Manchester United hasn't expressed their support for Stonewall's 'Rainbow Laces' campaign, like more or less every other club in Premier League.

— Marcus (@MarcusBr22) December 1, 2018

loving the rainbow 🌈 spread on my news feed @premierleague
that said @ManUtd seems statuted in time – any colors to come? or we supposed to be the resisting block towards inclusiveness? pic.twitter.com/dBL2Ttdn4s

— Neelofar Abu Eusuf (@neelofaraeusuf) November 30, 2018

put up an lgbt avi on insta pls @manutd

— liz / ⚽️🏳️‍🌈 (@rayIamoonshadow) November 30, 2018

every prem club has the rainbow flag support except Manchester United 🧐

— C (@nignogpigdog) November 30, 2018

The club has often thrown their support behind the LGBT community. I’m sure they will change their profile pic soon and if not it doesn’t matter.

— Dil Jones (@Dilly_do_Dah) December 1, 2018

Players and referees also have the choice to wear rainbow laces.

United became the first UK football club to partner with LGBT charity Stonewall in March 2017.

They also became an official member of TeamPride – a coalition of global businesses committed to making sport everyone's game.

United's Group Managing Director Richard Arnold said at the time: "Manchester United always looks to be a leader in everything it does and we are proud to be the first sports club to sign up to TeamPride.

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"The club has an ongoing commitment to equality across all areas and with 659 million followers around the world, it is our responsibility to show support and recognition to everybody who loves this football club."

Welsh rugby stars Sam Underhill and Ben Te'o opted not to wear rainbow laces in last weekend's match against New Zealand.

Man Utd called out for not changing Twitter profile in support of LGBT campaignTwitter3 Cardiff are yet to change their Twitter AVI in support of the Rainbow Laces campaign
Man Utd called out for not changing Twitter profile in support of LGBT campaignTwitter3 Everton are one of three Premier League teams yet to change their Twitter AVI

The All Blacks showed support for hate-crime victim Gareth Thomas by wearing the multicoloured laces.

Thomas was the victim of a homophobic attack in Cardiff last month.

Underhill said he only snubbed the laces as they were "uncomfortable" due to their thickness, though insisted he completely supported the campaign.

Te'o said: "I haven't got the laces at the moment. I'll just leave my boots as they are, as I've had them for the autumn."

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