Days after former U.S. international Robbie Rogers, who left the game after revealing his own sexuality, said that "in football it's obviously impossible to come out" during an interview with the Guardian, the fans of German side St. Pauli displayed their solidarity against homophobia during a match against Paderborn. The lovable rebels of the 2. Bundesliga organized the demonstration in conjunction with the anti-fascist Alerta Network and used sparklers, rainbow colored banners and balloons and messages of acceptance to create a positive atmosphere at a match which had an unexpectedly delightful ending.
The intent was to counter the fan culture that too often allows for mass discrimination from within the anonymous crowds at matches. And St. Pauli, who had German football's first openly gay chairman, seems a fitting place for this attempt at change to gain momentum. Here's video of the supporters' choreography before the match....
On the pitch, St. Pauli earned a 2-2 draw in spectacular fashion when goalkeeper Philipp Tschauner came forward to head in the equalizer off a corner kick in added time.
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