A flashmob was held in Frankfurt, Germany yesterday before the opening whistle of the FIFA Women’s World Cup semi-final calling "loudly against discrimination" in protest at the banning of lesbians from Nigeria's women's football team.
The controversy began with a report in a Nigerian newspaper which was subsequently covered by the New York Times. In the report Nigeria Coach Eucharia Uche, the former NFF technical assistant Sir James Peters, and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF)'s Chief Media Officer, Ademola Olajire, had all bragged to a Nigerian newspaper about driving lesbians out of the women's team.
45,000 people have signed a petition organised by allout.org. They say that FIFA has dodged the reports of homophobia in the Nigerian team with a bland statement broadly denouncing "discrimination" without mentioning homophobia explicitly or the specific allegations against Nigeria's coach.
Before leaving Germany Uche denied making the statements she'd been reported as making.
Thursday, 14 July 2011