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Players wear rainbow laces in anti-homophobia move

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 2, 2014 at 8:14 am •  Published: March 2, 2014

ROME (AP) — More Serie A players are wearing rainbow-colored shoelaces this weekend in an expanding anti-homophobia demonstration.

Cagliari midfielder Daniele Dessena received online attacks after wearing the laces last weekend and as a result three teammates — South Americans Fernando Avelar, Victor Ibarbo and Mauricio Pinilla — joined him in wearing the multi-colored shoe strings for Sunday's 3-0 win over Udinese.

On Saturday, Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan, a former teammate of Dessena's at Cagliari, wore the rainbow laces during a 0-0 draw with Inter Milan.

More players were expected to take part in the initiative later Sunday.