Guest speakers explore football for a new lens.

 Featuring guests from across the world of football, media and academia and hosted across two evenings at Liverpool’s Central Library, SOCCERAMA is a symposium to explore football through a new lens. Via a series of conversations and debates, Soccerama will unpick football’s interwoven relationship with the key global debates of our times.

Race, #metoo and LGBTQ; Football’s relationship with difference and its power for social change
Liverpool Central Library
Friday 13th July. 7pm.

Host - Stephanie Power (BBC Radio 4)

Guests - Neville Southall MBE (Everton / Wales Goalkeeper)
Melissa Reddy (Senior Correspondant, Joe)
Jacqui McAssey (GirlFans)
Shaun Duggan (Screenwriter)
Emy Onura (Author, Pitch Black)
Dave Kelly (Fans Supporting Foodbanks)
Paul Manning (City Of Liverpool FC)

Whether it be within attitudes or action around race, gender, sexuality - or any other notion of ‘difference’ - Football has a chequered history and often uncomfortable present. The forward strides around racism in the UK are still often found wanting and attitudes in other parts of Europe show the distance yet to travel. The #MeToo movement has shone a light on the huge gender imbalance within the sport and the systemic challenges facing female fans and players alike. And the fact that football is unable to foster an environment in which it is possible to both play the game professionally and be open about one’s sexuality is a damming verdict on the culture within the sport we all love.

Yet despite these challenges, football presents a unique opportunity to engage and galvanise people, bring about real social change and challenge societal prejudices head on. From running food banks to tackling homelessness, fan groups and some clubs alike provide huge support to their local communities, acting as a true power for social change.

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