Players wear rainbow laces in anti-homophobia move

The Associated Press
Players wear rainbow laces in anti-homophobia move
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Rainbow coloured shoelaces are seen on Mauricio Pinilla's shoes as he grimaces in pain during an Italian Serie A soccer match between Cagliari and Udinese, in Cagliari, Italy, Sunday, March 2, 2014. More Serie A players are wearing rainbow-colored shoelaces this weekend in an expanding anti-homophobia demonstration. Cagliari midfielder Daniele Dessena received online attacks after wearing the laces last weekend and as a result three teammates _ South Americans Fernando Avelar, Victor Ibarbo and Mauricio Pinilla _ joined him in wearing the multi-colored laces for Sunday's match with Udinese. (AP Photo/Enrico Locci, Lapresse)

ROME (AP) -- More Serie A players are wearing rainbow-colored shoelaces this weekend in an expanding anti-homophobia demonstration.

Cagliari midfielder Daniele Dessena received online attacks after wearing the laces last weekend and as a result three teammates - South Americans Fernando Avelar, Victor Ibarbo and Mauricio Pinilla - joined him in wearing the multi-colored shoe strings for Sunday's 3-0 win over Udinese.

On Saturday, Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan, a former teammate of Dessena's at Cagliari, wore the rainbow laces during a 0-0 draw with Inter Milan.

More players were expected to take part in the initiative later Sunday.