Following Russia’s 3-1 win over Egypt in the World Cup last night, Paddy Power have now racked up £80,000 in donations to LGBT+ causes.
As part of their Rainbow Russians campaign, which sees £10,000 donated per Russian goal to tackle homophobia in football, they will with Attitude Magazine Foundation do the following:
- Challenge LGBT+ prejudice on and off the field
- Support footballers and those in the game in coming out
- Fund educational programmes in schools and colleges
- Make grass-roots teams safe spaces for LGBT+ players
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) June 19, 2018
Following the host’s first game against Saudi Arabia – where they netted five – it was announced that £10,000 of the money will fund 20 members of the LGBT+ community to become fully qualified referees.
So, thank you to Denis Cheryshev (who has topped up the fund by £30,000 himself so far), Artem Dzyuba and Ahmed Fathi’s own goal last night for their contributions to the campaign.
Just keep on scoring lads!
* To read more about the campaign, please head here.