Players from each side will line 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”.
The match takes place at Lothian and Borders Police HQ at Fettes, Carrington Road, Edinburgh on Saturday at 3pm, with the Kick-it-Out/Show Racism the Red Card activities taking place just before hand at around 2.45pm.