Players from each side lined up with a kick it out “one game one community” banner, and an assortment of red cards with three different messages on them:
“show racism the red card”
“show bigotry the red card”
“some people are gay, get over it”.
The show of solidarity comes as the kick-it-out campaign has run into controversy with a number of senior professional players refusing to take part.
HotScots chairman Kev Rowe said:
“I am delighted that our two clubs are getting together to show our support for these worthwhile campaigns. Across the UK our professional teams are – on the whole – demonstrating their backing for Kick it Out and Show Racism the Red Card. It is just as important that at a grass roots level we send out a clear message that all forms of discrimination in football are unwelcome.
“Clearly as LGBT football clubs, our particular focus is on homophobia in football. I still believe that this issue is not being taken seriously enough, particularly in Scotland. We are therefore pleased to take this opportunity to draw attention to it once again, and call on the football authorities and government to get together to tackle it properly, building on the recent work of the Equality Network and its ‘Out for Sport’ survey”.
Ian James, the Yorkshire Terriers captain said:
“We fully support kicking homophobia out of football – part of the reason the GFSN league exists is so that anyone can enjoy their football without sexuality being an issue”.
The match itself resulted in a hard fought goalless draw. While both keepers made good saves to keep the scoreline blank, clear cut chances were few and far between.
HotScots enjoyed some territorial advantage in the first half but couldn’t carve out the opener, with the Yorkshire keeper commanding his penalty box well. At the other end keeper Kitching made an excellent reflex save from a close range header after a Yorkshire corner, and had to look lively to collect a long range shot soon after.
In an keenly contested second half HotScots were denied a goal with a very tight offside decision, while midfielder Cassels came close to opening the scoring with a powerful shot from the edge of the box, only to be denied by an excellent full length save. But it was certainly not one way traffic with Yorkshire also enjoying periods of pressure.
Overall a draw was a fair result, leaving HotScots two points behind leaders Falcons at the top of GFSN league 1, with the Terriers three points further back.