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4th September 2015: Exeter City sign up

Exeter City becomes the second club to officially sign up to the Football United Campaign.

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale said: “I am honoured that Exeter City have joined Football United Against Domestic Violence. It is vital that we channel the power of football into positive causes and send out the message to fans that domestic abuse can never be tolerated. I am proud that Exeter City are using their position within the community to tackle domestic abuse.”

Martin Glenn, Chief Executive, The Football Association:

“Domestic violence is a serious issue and one which The FA is keen to recognise by supporting this important campaign.

“Our game has always acted as a voice and a platform for bringing sensitive issues to the fore and I hope that all of us involved in the game, from clubs, fans and players will support Football United Against Domestic Violence.”

Martin Glenn

Ritchie Humphreys, Chairman of the PFA, said:

“Domestic abuse is never acceptable and must not be tolerated in our society. We need to send out this message loud and clear – and there is no better way to do this than by harnessing the vast power of the football community. This is why the PFA is proud to support the Women’s Aid Football United Against Domestic Violence campaign. Football has an enormous influence which can help raise awareness about domestic abuse, and help to keep abused women and children safe.”

William Bush, Director of Policy at The Premier League, signing the Football United Supporter Pledge.

William Bush

Charlie Webster, Ambassador for Women’s Aid and Football United Against Domestic Violence:

“I have one goal… to try and stop all forms of abuse, and this new initiative from Women’s Aid is vital in helping promote positive relationships and stamping out domestic violence. I’m a massive football fan and am delighted to be working with clubs and players to help promote this incredible cause’

our society and football, especially as the World Cup approaches, has the potential to reach a huge proportion of the public. We can all make a difference by signing up to the Football United Against Domestic Violence campaign – clubs, fans and players – to bring domestic violence out from behind closed doors.”

Charlie Webster

Max Rushden, Soccer AM Presenter and Football United Ambassador: 

“The facts are just so depressing – I love football, and I love the World Cup, and we all want to ignore the bad parts of the game. And this is one of them. I find it difficult to comprehend violence of any type – let alone domestic violence. And after hearing the stories of victims through my work with Women’s Aid, I have a tiny insight into a desperate world. I am proud to support this campaign. It’s not complicated, just don’t abuse anyone – physically or emotionally.  And if you know it’s going on, say something”

David James, Footballer:

“All forms of domestic violence are completely unacceptable, and it is shocking to think that there is a rise in reporting following England games. I wholeheartedly support the Football United Against Domestic Violence campaign, and hope that clubs get involved and work with Women’s Aid to help raise awareness with their supporters.”

David Ginola, Footballer:

“It is shocking that domestic violence affects 1 in 4 women at some point in their life, and all the more so that there is a rise in reporting following high profile football matches. It’s fantastic to see the football community coming together to support Football United Against Domestic Violence. Clubs, managers, players and supporters can all make a difference by raising awareness and talking about a serious issue.”

Tom Aikens, Michelin Starred Chef: 

“As a football fan who is looking forward to watching England in the World Cup I welcome this campaign from Women’s Aid to unite clubs, supporters and the wider football community in working to end domestic violence. It is important for us all to stand together and send a clear message that violence against women and girls is always unacceptable.

Tom Aitkens

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