English soccer side Reading FC made an English Football League first this weekend when it featured rainbow-colored goal nets at the Madejski Stadium.
In support of Rainbow Laces week, which is an initiative showing support for LGBT+ awareness and inclusion, the club went one further and changed its typical white goal nets for multi-colored ones for its match against Nottingham Forest.
The goal nets were checked by the matchday officials, representatives from the league and also trialed by Hawkeye to ensure the play will not be affected in any manner.
The rainbow goal nets are supplied by principal partners Casumo, who will also donate the goal nets and cash to a selected charity after the match.
Casumo pledged to donate £10 for every pass made by a Reading FC player wearing the Rainbow shirts. A further £100 will be donated with each Reading goal against Nottingham Forest. The Rainbow shirts make the players ultra-special for this game as they have the power to change lives through the donations made by Casumo.
In last season’s home game against Leeds United, Reading FC players wore the rainbow laces to show their support to the initiative and we will be supporting the same initiative this season.
For the match, Casumo also changed the logo on the Reading FC shirts replacing the dark typeface with a rainbow colored alternative. The match-worn shirts will also be donated to charity after the game. The rainbow-colored logo was also worn last season and was popular amongst fans who reacted well when the Royals played in the changed strip.
Two thousand fans were allowed to attend the match at the Madejski stadium following more updates regarding Covid 19.