'N'ice one Clan': Scots footballer praises Glasgow Clan for LBGTQ+ support
A Scottish footballer has praised a Glasgow ice hockey team for their support of the LBGTQ+ community.
Zander Murray, Scotland's only openly gay senior football player, celebrated the Glasgow Clan ice hockey team following a ceremonial puck drop at the Clan home game on Friday.
The match, which was a designated Pride Night, saw the team in specially designed jerseys to show support for the LGBTQ+ movement.
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After the Elite Ice Hockey League game, the limited-edition tops were auctioned off to fans to raise money for the Time for Inclusive Education charity, which tackles homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying and prejudice in schools through education.
The Gala Fairydean Rovers striker first announced he was gay back in September 2022.
After the Clan game, the 31-year-old said: "I’m honoured to support the Glasgow Clan’s Pride Night. It’s fantastic that the Clan and their Purple Army fans are fundraising for TIE.
"I hope other sports will follow the example set by Glasgow Clan and the Elite Ice Hockey League.
"I’m delighted to have the opportunity to work with TIE both in Scottish schools and in football academies helping to address the prejudice that LGBT young people can still experience.
"Seeing events like the Clan’s Pride Night is hugely significant and symbolic in ensuring that LGBT fans and players within ice hockey know they are welcome and included.
"There should be no room for prejudice or discrimination of LGBT people in any sport and this event makes that abundantly clear."
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Gareth Chalmers, Braehead Arena managing director, added: "The Glasgow Clan have nothing but huge respect for what Zander has achieved and the way he has become an example to others in sport.
"Our game against the Panthers was made the Clan’s Pride Night and the Clan players and fans are certainly proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with Zander and show that ice hockey and other sports should be open to all."