Wolfsburg sent out a clear message against discrimination and in favour of diversity during their 2-1 win over Schalke on Saturday when their captain Josuha Guilavogui wore a rainbow coloured armband.
Guilavogui will continue to wear the rainbow colours, which have become widely known as a symbol for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community, as part of a club commitment to fight discrimination.
Sending out a clear signal against discrimination and for diversity: Captain @JossGuilavogui – along with all VfL team captains – will wear a rainbow armband for all future matches! . 🏳🌈💚 #VfLWolfsburg— VfL Wolfsburg EN (@VfLWolfsburg_EN) August 24, 2018
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"As footballers, we're role models and we want to show with the rainbow symbol that everyone is welcome in our stadium and at our club," said Guilavogui. "It doesn't matter what colour your skin is, what gender you are, who you love, whether you're disabled or what beliefs you have – football is there for everyone to enjoy. That’s what the rainbow represents and as a team we're fully behind this message."
For this season, the fight against homophobia and sexism has been declared by Wolfsburg as the focus of their anti-discrimination work with Nilla Fischer, the captain of the club's highly-successful women's team, starting to wear a rainbow armband in March 2017.
"As a club we stand for a tolerant society," said Wolfsburg's general manager Jörg Schmadtke. "That's why we're not only taking this stance against discrimination now but across the whole season and in all of our teams, sending out a clear signal that we stand for diversity."