Why the Premier League will be extra colorful this weekend

Football supporters will see a splash of colour injected into Premier League action this weekend.

The first annual Rainbow Laces campaign began with Friday night’s fixture between West Ham and Leicester City, which sees UK clubs give their backing to the LGBT community.

As part of the scheme spearheaded by the Stonewall organisation, Premier League players will wear rainbow-coloured laces, while team captains will sport specially-designed armbands.

Many Premier League clubs have also changed their club badges to include a rainbow background.

Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore said: “Premier League football is for everyone, everywhere and our clubs are committed to equality and diversity at all levels of the sport.

“We view the LGBT community as an integral part of our community and, working with Stonewall, we want this partnership to improve the experience of LGBT people already playing football, and supporting clubs, and to signal to others who might be interested in getting involved, that they are welcome to do so.”

The Rainbow Laces campaign runs until December 3.