What our sporting heroes can teach us about allyship in the workplace

Institutions need to be doing more

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Bev pictured with Arsenal FC's mascot, Gunnersaurus.
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Bev pictured with Arsenal FC's mascot, Gunnersaurus.

At best I’m a fair-weather football fan, but there were many like me that were carried along in the initial excitement of the Euro 2020 matches.

By virtue of spending much of my childhood in North London and adulthood a stone's throw away from Highbury, I am sort of an Arsenal fan, and not averse to posing for a photo with the legendary Gunnersauraus. However, the joy of packed terraces and lively supporters that football brings for many is a contrast to my formative memories, tinted with feelings of dread. In my earlier years, as football fans descended on North London, they often brought with them racist slurs and threats of violence against minorities like me. Inclusion for one and for all: Join the movement to bring abo...

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