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Joey Barton nominated for Britain's 'Gay Oscar'

[Saturday, January 04, 2014 ]

Controversial footballer Joey Barton has been shortlisted for an annual awards, dubbed Britain's "Gay Oscar", for his support for eradicating homophobia in the game.

Joey Barton wears rainbow coloured laces as part of a campiagn against homophobia in football
Joey Barton wears rainbow coloured laces as part of a campiagn against homophobia in football

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The Queens Park Rangers midfielder has become a vocal supporter of equality and tolerance, and he notes that he has an uncle who is gay.

Last year, Barton became the first footballer to wear rainbow laces in support of gay charity Stonewall's campaign aimed at stamping out homophobia in football.

For his efforts, the 32-year-old has been shortlisted in the Straight Ally of the Year category at the Out in the City and G3 Magazine's Awards ceremony, which will take place London's Landmark Hotel on 25 April.

Linda Riley, who organises the awards, told The Mirror: "Joey Barton's work to tackle homophobia in football is highly commendable so it is no surprise that he has been shortlisted. I hope other footballers follow his lead."

You can vote for Barton at www.outg3awards.co.uk

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